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Dave Rhodes

Dave Rhodes

Living Leather History

September 30, 2012
1995
The Leather Journal
Mr. Southwest Drummer Bob Michaels from Las Vegas went out into the Desert to have the photo taken of him that was on the Issue #66 cover.
Panther LLC hosted Prowl VI in Atlanta and Otter was there. Andy Mangels attended the American Uniform Association's 17th Annual Review in Chicago.  Brent Sweer went to Milwaukee to cover the Castaways MC 15th anniversary.  Susan Wright wrote a tribute to the late David Weinbaum. In The Wearin' O' The Hides Daddy Bob dealt with one of those life history Christmas cards while the new kid on the block was The Tannin' O' The Hides by phideaux. Only with The Leather Journal a short while, some of phideaux's zingers were unmatchable! Luke Owens reviewed several books and videos.
Doomed Rabbit Cookbook: Recipes From the Leather Community and Friends author and Mr. Seattle Leather Aubrey Hart Sparks appears on the cover of Issue #67 with his dog. Photo by Luke Owens.
Feature articles: "The pen is mightier than the sword." Truer words have never been spoken. A journalistic World War III broke out over a local Los Angeles columnist's article about "fat, misshapen judges..." The wounds from this battle cut deep on both sides and it was years still before all the wounds healed. Centaur MC's Leather Weekend in Washington, DC got a well-deserved six pages of coverage. Otter covered the Rodeo Riders of Chicago's Rodeo XIX. Daddy Bob went to a home repair center and the result was "Tool Box Review" in The Wearin' O' The Hides. phydeaux' Tannin' O' The Hides was "Amo, Amas, Amat..." Bob Reite's Leather On Line reviewed "The Big Boys: CompuServe, America On Line, Prodigy and Imagination!" SM and the Law is an old stand by when it comes to topics for Leather convention workshops. Attorney Anne Bergstedt gave readers "The Law, SM, and You."
Dave Rhodes took the Issue #68 cover photo of Mr. Southeast Leather 1994 Darryl Flick during Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend.
LeatherFest Los Angeles: The Kinkiest Place On Earth featured workshops and was covered. Does the thought of Tony DeBlase coming after you wearing a chef's uniform and wielding a long spatula frighten you? It was one of several photos from Portland Uniform Weekend III turned in by Andy Mangels. Joseph Bean and Michel de la Roche recounted The 15 Association's first 15 years. Otter was at Tri-Cen XI hosted by Philadelphians MC.  Phydeaux's "What is a Master" in Tannin' O' The Hides had to be one of the most precious pieces to grace the pages of The Leather Journal. VASM (Vancouver Activists in SM) member and club newsletter, Scene,  editor Bruce Armstrong added How To..., A Beginner's Survival Guide To SM.
The new International Master and Slave Jack and Tom Stice were the covermen of Issue #69.
Feature articles: Pantheon of Leather found a new home in The Big Easy - New Orleans. Will Pettite from Los Angeles won the International Mr. Bear Contest in San Francisco. Four pages of bears were in this edition. Brent Sweer went to Black Frost XVIII hosted by the Black Guard in Minneapolis, MN. The Copperstate Leathermen held Leatherfest XI in Phoenix. Leather Master - Key West sponsored Enigma. Brian Bramblett won Mr. Portland Leather. "So Many Men" was The Wearin' O' The Hides theme while phideaux told about his Pantheon of Leather V experience in The Tannin' O' The Hides.
International Mr. Leather 1994 Jeff Tucker wearing one of his "Better Together" buttons was on the cover of Issue #70.
Feature articles: Dave Rhodes interviewd Jeff Tucker who spent his year as IML promoting "Better Together" as a theme for community unity. Nearly 1,000 Leathertfolk attended NLA: San Diego's Leatherfest VII in March. Jeff Tucker went to Australian Mardi Gras in Sydney and brought back an interesting batch of photos. Dave Rhodes covered Teddy Bear Club of Virginia's Vernal Arrousal at the Radisson Hotel in Richmond. Don Thompson sent in photos of several prelims leading into the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest. ICON Detroit sent photos of their second anniversary. Conductors LLC of Nashville, TN held Track XIII and Otter was there to cover it. The Boys Will Be Boys cartoon by Martin debuted.
International Mr. Leather 1994 Jose Granda was the Issue #71 coverman photographed by Dave Rhodes.
Feature articles: Otter was in St. Louis, MO again for a Blue Max CC run. This time it was Fools Rush In which drew 120 individuals and 17 clubs. An up and coming event in Upstate New York was the Stars MC first Leather weekend East Meets West.   Lee Lambert covered the Los Angeles Gay Rodeo. In The Wearin' O' The Hides Daddy Bob asked, "Have you ever waited in line for anything at the DMV? There are people in those lines who are raising families who never leave the building...."
Larry Everett was the new International Mr. Leather and he was the cover man for Issue #72.
Feature articles: Larry Everett from Collinsville, Oklahoma was named International Mr. Leather at the Congress Theatre. MS Panther's Leder Am Rhein run in Cologne, Germany had interesting photos. A popular run named Ship Wreck was developing in South Florida was hosted by the Key West Wreckers. Otter attended their Shipwreck II. jay wagner reported from Toronto and the combined Tom's Men Look-Alike Contest and CUIR Next Door photo party was a success. NLA: Austin held Texas Leather Pride IV at the beginning of May.  Chock full of workshops and demonstrations presented by the nation's top names were the big draw at Atlanta S/M Solidarity's Spring In The South: Emergence at the end of April.
Mr. National Leather Association 1993 Mark Frazier of Dallas, TX was on the cover of Issue #73.
Feature articles: Photo reproduction was better throughout this edition for some unexplained reason. The coverage of the Leather/SM/Fetish community's participation in greater gay and lesbian pride events was very thorough. Lee Lambert participated in the Athena Womens MC joint run with other women's bike clubs to several pride parades in the state of California including Los Angeles, Fresno and San Francisco. Bob Fifield and Brent Sweer covered the Phoenix Uniform Club's Annual Uniform and Leather Ball in San Francisco.
Furry International Mr. Drummer 1994 Keith Hunt from Denver was the coverman of Issue #74.
Feature articles: International Ms Leather on the stage of the Bismark Hotel's theater in Chicago, IL on Saturday night, July 22.
The Mr. Drummer regionals were heating up for the finals in September. A list of regions and winners in this issue. Susan Wright and Richard Canter gave us coverage of the 12th Annual Pride Night in New York City that netted $12,000 for three beneficiaries. 500 Leatherfolk bid on 100 auction items at the Octagon. Then there was the roast for the King of Chrome Jose Ucles at the Edge in Washington, DC.
The first International Mr. Fantasy was J.D. Buchert from Dallas, TX. He is the Issue #75 coverman photographed by Bruce Thompson and Brenda Steele.
Feature articles: One of the most in-depth articles ever to appear in The Leather Journal was Kevin Shancady's interview, The Ringleader: The Story of Roland Jaggard and Operation Spanner. This was the beginning of coverage of the Spanner Case in North America. Fantasy weekend in Omaha became the next International Contest. Four pages cover the event in Omaha. The Last Frontier MC of Anchorage, AK held their Black and Blue Ball. Avatar of Los Angeles rented out Hollywood Moguls for their greatly expanded and highly successful Exploratorium VII. If you like sweat then Southern Decadence is where to be during Labor Day Weekend. The first Daddy's Home! column by Lee Lambert appeared. In The Wearin' O' The Hides Daddy Bob asks/pleads, "Is it November yet?" In The Tannin' O' The Hides phideaux describes The Ultimate SM Pet.
David WW Walker became the second man from Colorado to win the International Mr. Drummer title in as many years and was on his edition's cover.
Feature articles: Rarely does a contestant speech hit the right chord as that delivered by Ron Aure during IML. Several people wrote about it. We printed it verbatim by popular demand. Dave Rhodes' editorial saluted Drummer Magazine on its 20th anniversary, 12 pages were dedicated to San Francisco Leather Pride of which six went to the awesome Folsom Street Fair. Longtime TLJ supporter Uwe Langer sent coverage of MSC Hamburg's 20th anniversary in Germany. Daddy Bob and his lover George went to Europe and Fortress Europe, June 1992 was the result in The Wearin' O' The Hides. What's Wrong With This Picture? phideaux asks in The Tannin' O' The Hides.
The Leather Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award 1995 winner Viola Johnson is the coverwoman complete with vampire teeth.
Feature articles: Dave Rhodes got the chance to talk to Viola Johnson while they were on the boat cruise at Texas Leather Pride IV. Among the gifts handed out in Dave Rhodes' "Annual Christmas List" were: to "Audrey Joseph - 10 smoke machines; to Sean Martin - a date Jean Claude Van Damme;" and more. Living In Leather celebrated its 10th anniversary in Portland, OR.
Andy Mangels covered the AUA 18th International Uniform Review that was held in Portland, OR. The Lady Green column made its first appearance with a Hanky Code for hets.
Issue #78 coverman Antonio Sanchez from Madrid, Spain won the Mr. Europe Leather and Mr. Europe Drummer titles in one weekend in Amsterdam.
Feature articles: Luke Owens resigned as assistant editor of The Leather Journal and was replaced by Bob Fifield at the beginning of Issue #79. Fifield had already been serving as office manager. Luke moved to San Francisco. Dave Rhodes first trip to Europe brought back many memories including Motor Sport Amsterdam's 25th anniversary and the ECMC Annual General Meeting. Coverage of Daddy Flo and Ron Hendon's Olympus win in Atlanta appeared. Lee Lambert's Daddy's Home! column was about The Ghosts of New Year's Past. Lisa Weiszmiller became The Leather Journal office manager.
Clubs
Spearhed raised $600 and donated 600 toys to the Woodgreen Community Centre in Toronto.
Panther L/L of Atlanta, GA distributed $2,500 to five AIDS-related charities.
Menamore held Lion's Pride VI in Wilmington, NC.
Omikron of Indianapolis, IN hosted Omikron 500 - Lap II.
The 15 Association's 15th anniversary was celebrated in San Francisco.
Luke Owens took over MAST (Masters and Slaves Together).
VASM honored its founding father George Whiting at a ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The National Leather Association: International closed its San Francisco headquarters on Folsom Street in San Francisco.
The OCLA'S (Orange Coast Leather Assembly) SM Sampler VI in Palm Springs drew 100 Leatherfolk.
NLA: San Diego seceded from the National Leather Association: International and evolved into Club X.
The Northern California Leather Association of the Deaf, as part of the Deaf Lesbian and Gay Awards Night, honored Daniel Sonnenfeld with the Leadership Award in San Francisco.
LeatherFest Los Angeles installed new officers. The organization disbanded a few months later.
Columbia University withdrew its recognition of Conversio Virium, a pansexual Leather/SM/fetish discussion group, but the organization later regained recognition at the university which lies near the northern tip of Manhattan in New York City.
Another summer brought another Spanner Mart auction by The 15 Association that raised $7,248 at the Women's Building in San Francisco.
The Run to Badger Flat hosted by Satyrs MC of Los Angeles was cancelled in 1995 and was to be resumed in 1996.
Delta International held its first run in Pennsylvania named Delta '95.
Motown was the site of ICON Detroit's Toga, Jockstrap and Underwear Parties in August.
Living In Leather celebrated its 10th anniversary in Portland, OR. An Anne Rice theme dinner was so popular that the theme dinner format was promised for the next year.  Mark Frazier was announced as male cochair. Viola Johnson and Larry Townsend were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Awards. Chapter of the Year was NLA: Austin.
 NLA: Dallas held Beyond Vanilla VII.
Females Investigating Sexual Terrain (FIST) from Baltimore, MD hosted Camp FIST.
The Chamber has big first anniversary bash in Atlanta, GA.
A documentary on the Tarheel Leather Club of Greensboro, NC, TLC: A Year With a Leather Club by Randy Riddle premiered at New York City's Lesbian and Gay Community Center.
The phone scam artist was back according to Trident: Baltimore president Allen Grim.
The Trident Knights, Spartans LLC and Leather/Levi Brigade hosted the Palmetto Adventure in Spartanburg, SC.
The Gryphons of Dayton, OH held Parthenon II - The Leather Odyssey.
Leather Titles
Spartan MC member Joe Morris from the Nation's capital was named Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather.
Will Pettite became Mr. Southern California Bear.
Raymond Citron was named Mr. DC Eagle.
Led by Northwest Mr. Drummer Al D Sowers, several titleholders raised $900 through an auction for Rise-N-Shine Foundation and the Building Blocks For Children Foundation in Seattle.
Lance Bray resigned his Mr. Indiana Leather 1994 title. The sash was picked up by first runner-up Michael Cooper.
Southern California Masters and Slaves Contest was won by Mark Malan and Matthew Pogue.
Chris Reynolds of Las Vegas, NV won new Mr. Silver State Drummer and Aaron from Reno was named Silver State Drummer Boy in Las Vegas.
The night before in Reno Judy R. was picked Ms Silver State Leather and Lee Zirkle became Mr. Silver State Leather.
Renfied won the Mr. Nebraska Leather title again and Miss Amanda became Ms Nebraska Leather.
Rick LaPray was selected Mr. Seattle Leather.
Jack and Tom Stice from Atlanta, GA won the International Masters and Slaves Contest at Pantheon of Leather.
Will Pettite from Los Angeles won the International Mr. Bear Contest in San Francisco.
Ron Ankeny was named Mr. Ohio Valley Leather.
Mr. NLA 1994 Don Bastian led the way in raising $4,500 for Gay Lines Calgary.
Michael Prater of Richmond, VA won the Mr. Southeast Leather sash.
The new Washington State Mr. Leather was Raymond Lebrun.
Al Reese was named Mr. San Diego Leather.
Frank DiPasquale won the Mr. Floyd's Leather title.
Christian White won the Mr. Ft. Lauderdale Eagle Contest.
The Mr. Empire State Contest in Albany was won by Rick Gonyo.
Mr. San Francisco Leather was won by Wolf Marisol.
Mr. San Diego Leather was taken by Daniel Greene.
Mr. Rocky Mountain Leather nabbed by Kevin Shancady.
Mr. Philadelphia Leather was snagged by Wolf Klumpf.
Suzette Dyanick was named Ms Philadelphia Leather.
Andy Borden won Mr. New York Leather.
Buddy LaRue became Mr. New Mexico Leather.
Lady Willow won the Ms New Mexico Leather title.
It was announced that the Mr. Leatherman Toronto Competition would return in November after a two-year hiatus.
Daddy Flo won the North Florida Ms Leather title.
Jim Maciel became Mr. Brig Leather.
Wally Diamond became Mr. 121 Leatherman in Hamilton, Ontario.
Bill McBean was the first Mr. Black Eagle Leather in Toronto.
Ms Leather Toronto was Jo Ryan who was first runner-up the year before.
Dallas' Jackson Myars won he Mr. Texas Leather Pride title.
Larry Everett from Collinsville, Oklahoma was named International Mr. Leather. 50 men vied for the sash of all Leather sashes at the Congress Theatre. The staff and upwardy mobile yuppie clientele at the Hyatt Regency Hotel were in for a real consciousness raising weekend. Tim Cousins won the International Bootblack Contest. The hometown party began to upstage the IML contest with its big production numbers.
Wisconsin Daddy was Jim Mierzwa and Wisconsin Daddy's Boy was Jeff Hardin.
Ed Moore won the Mr. DC Drummer Contest.
Denise Johns won the first Ms Florida Leather title.
 Ms Philadelphia Leather 1995 Susan Dyanick and Ms Baltimore Eagle 1993 Megan DeJarlais exchanged vows in Philadelphia, PA.
"The contest moved to Chicago, but the title remained in California" exclaimed one person from San Francisco after pat baillie of San Jose, CA was named International Ms Leather on the stage of the Bismark Hotel's theater in Chicago, IL on Saturday night, July 22. This was Amy Marie Meek's first production of the weekend and it was the first time that it was held outside San Francisco. Amy's goal was to move the event to a new city each summer. A vendor fair and other events were added making it a weekend full of fun.
Mr. Drummer regional winners ncluded: Mr. Desert Plains Drummer Jim Gau of Omaha, NE (Great Plains and Southwest were combined this year); Mr. Gulf Coast Drummer John Benevides of Houston, TX; Mr. Southeast Drummer Rico Ware of Atlanta, GA, Southeast Drummer Boy Patrick Langone; Mr. Mid-Atlantic Drummer Ed Ryder; Mr. Great Lakes Drummer Alvin Robinson of Madison, WI, Great Lakes Drummer Boy was troy; Mr. Northeast Drummer Adam Colt of New York City; Rocky Mountain Mr. Drummer David WW Walker of Colorado Springs, CO, Rocky Mountain drummer Boy Kevin McGraw of Denver, CO; and Mr. Southern California Drummer Joe Spina of Los Angeles, CA, Southern California Drummer Boy; Mr. Florida Drummer Ray Castro of Jacksonville, FL.
The new International Mr. Deaf Leather was David Cowan from Indianapolis, IN. The contest was held in Montreal, Quebec.
Four titles were divied out in Hayward, CA: Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather were Kenneth E. Meyer and Kristi Lee "Thumper" Cox, Mr. Alameda County Drummer Roger Clark Luttrell and Ms Alameda County Cheeks and Chaps Yvonne Driver.
Cornelius Conboy became San Francisco Leather Daddy XIII.
Cosponsored by Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 1995 Joe Morris and Mr. Southeast Leather 1993 Darryl Flick, the first East Coast Title Holders' Conference was held in Richmond, VA.
Derek DiPiero won the Mr. Pride In Leather title in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Roy Perry and Trevelyan Anderson won the Mr. and Ms Alaska Leather titles.
Mitch Pierce won the Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest sponsored by the Lords of Leather in New Orleans.
Paul Dunn was named Mr. Bear Toronto.
Steve Crouse won the San Francisco Leather Daddy's Boy Contest.
David WW Walker, the second Denver/Greg Lowe sponsored contestant in as many years, was International Mr. Drummer and Pup from Los Angeles became International Drummer Boy.
International Mr. Drummer 1992 Woody Bebout was presented the Felton T. Day Memorial Award in St. Louis, MO by the St. Louis Pride Committee.
David Hoffenbacker and Stacey became the last Mr. and Ms National Leather Association titleholders.
The new Mr. Leather Colorado was Craig Mercer.
Kevin Burke became Mr. Eagle New York.
Mr. Upstate Leather was Larry Gazzilli.
Ms and Mr. New Mexico Leatherfest were Shannon McAlexander an Tristan-Tyler.
Raymond Lebrun resigned the Washington State Mr. Leather title.
Ron Hendon and Daddy Flo won the Mr. and Ms Southeast Olympus Leather Contest in Atlanta, GA.
Duncan MacLachlan was named Mr. Leatherman Toronto and Tony DeCosta was Mr. Fellowship in Toronto.
Kevin Roche was renamed Mr. Southbay/San Jose Leather and Miranda von Stockhausen became Ms Southbay/San Jose Leather.
Beau Baker was Mr. Palm Springs Leather.
Daddy Flo and Ron Hendon were winners at South East Olympus in Atlanta
Bryian Pimental and Mistress Morgana won the Great Plains Olympus titles in Denver.
Ms San Diego Leather was Deni.
C.O.M.M.A.N.D.s' anniversary featured the Mr. Maryland Leather Contest won by Greg Satorie.
Mike Garety was chosen Mr. Connecticut Leather.  Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy were Eric Bonsteel and Dan "Puppy" Daniels.
News and Politics
The Washington State Legislature pronounced February 4 as Aubrey Hart Sparks Day.
The Leather Rack in Washington, DC was sold to Jim McGlade by Dick Cogan.
LeatherFest Los Angeles: The Kinkiest Place On Earth featured workshops, two dungeon parties, a vendor fair and community service awards. Durk Dehner, founder of the Tom of Finland Foundation, was named Man of the Year, Crystal Cross was Woman of the Year and author Larry Townsend received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Through both years of planning and preparation the organizers were told by some of the area's "big names" that it would never happen - 700 people attended! Some of those responsible for this event were: Ben Cable-McCarthey, GL Leyner, Phil Ross, Bob Fifield, Matt McMahan, Lee Lambert, Donnie and Le Rice, Dave Rhodes, Luke Owens, Scott Nelson.
An Oklahoma lawmaker introduced a discrimination bill in his state while the Oregon Citizens Alliance was preparing another hate campaign in Oregon. Meanwhile the people of Topeka, KS were over Reverend Fred Phelps.
Pantheon of Leather found a new home in The Big Easy - New Orleans. Don Thompson and Kay Hallanger emceed. The awards and their winners were: Man of the Year, Lenny Broberg; Woman of the Year, Donna Shrout; Readers Choice (Women), Sallee Mallard Huber and Amy Marie Meek; Readers Choice (Men) Mark Frazier; Lifetime Achievement, Viola Johnson; Forebearer, Marcus Hernandez.
The Citizens Alliance of Washington made another effort to establish a Fourth Reich there.
Mr. B in Amsterdam released a detailed warning about the dangers of using Crisco for play.
The Barracks hosted the first Gay Biker Weekend in Daytona Beach, FL.
Freeze and Sleeze III was held in Indianapolis, IN and honored its late founders Ed Tobin and David Hawn.
The U.S. Senate voted to ban cyber porn.
Movie star Carol Channing presented her famous Diamond Award to San Francisco Eagle manager Bob Bowling.
Jo Leroux was the first woman to win Wally Sherwood's 10th annual Wally Look-Alike Contest in San Francisco that has raised nearly $17,000 for charity during that span.
Iran's parliament banned the sale of seedless watermelons in an effort stop the spread of homosexuality in that country.
The Bear History Project was announced by Professor Les Wright of Mount Ida College outside Boston.
Philip Turner raised $7,000 for the AIDS Emergency Fund with a Leather Extravaganza in San Francisco.
The first Toronto Leatherball was held at Boots and the Kurbash.
$6,000 was raised at the Fetish and Fantasy Ball presented by Don Thompson and founded by Alan Selby. No one was competing for a sash in this pansexual staged expression of art.
It was long awaited and it finally happened! The Leather Archives an Museum held its grand opening in Chicago on November 3.
Tom of Finland held a Members Weekend in Los Angeles.
Ruling that the consent of a bottom was irrelevant, a Canada judge used a Spanner Precedent in ruling that a top was guilty of assault.
Books and Publications
It took six-and-a-half years for Sean Martin to compile it, but his new book, Doc & Raider: Caught on Tape was premiered at Badlands in Toronto.
Boudoir Noir Magazine of Toronto announced the Shirley Solomon of The Shirley Show in Toronto was the recipient of their Crusader Award.
Taste of Latex published its first issue.
GRUF (GReat Ushaven Faces) Magazine held a dance and party to kickoff its first issue in Toronto.
Boudoir Noir Magazine from Toronto, Ontario was refused entry into Yearbook of Experts, Authorities and Spokespersons.
Toronto Star columnist Donna Laframbois was the recipient of Boudoir Noir Magazine's Crusader Award in Toronto, Ontario.
Metropoiltan Slave Magazine was the brainchild of John Birch in Chicago.
Internet
The Leather Journal went on-line.
NLA: Friends became an online service for members and friends.
New on the Scene
NLA: Russian River, Guerneville, CA; Men of Discipline, New York, NY; Black Eagle, bar, Toronto, Ontario; Red Earth Bears, Oklahoma City, OK; FLAG (Fits Like A Glove), North Dartmouth, MA; The Smoke Exchange, New York, NY; Tyger Tyger, London, UK; Mecs En Caoutchouc, Dammarie Les Lys, France; Trident: Baltimore, Baltimore, MD; The Eros Group, Cincinnati, OH; Womanlink, Berkeley, CA; South Texas Leather Men, Corpus Christi, TX; Dragon Leather Club, Columbus, OH; Knight Cruisers, Lexington, KY; Common Bond, Cambridge, MA; Bound and Determined, Hadly, MA; Women's Leather Network, Los Angeles, CA; Seattle Kink Network, Seattle, WA; West Florida Growlers, Tampa Bay, FL; NLA: Online, Cyberspace, Earth; Alameda County Leather Corps, Oakland, CA; Cogent Warriors, San Francisco, CA; People Exchanging Power, Norcross, GA; Atlanta Power Exchange, Atlanta, GA; D&S Society, Towson, MD; Bergenfield Bears, New York, NY; Olympia Leather/SM Group, Olympia, WA; Sober, Safe, Sane, and Consensual Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Collars, Seattle, WA; Brew City Bears, Milwaukee, WI; Women's Welcoming Committee, Seattle, WA; South Sound S&M Leatherfolk, Olympia, WA; No Safeword Writer's Group, Seattle, WA; Coastal Sentinels, Savannah, GA; ONYX/Chicago, Chicago, IL; LEO (Leather Engineers of Omaha), Omaha, NE; Dedicated and Safe, Chicago, IL; Megelesia, Montreal, Quebec
Milestones
30 Years: Sixty Nine Club, London, UK
25 Years: Entre Nous, Boston, MA
20 Years: Trail's End run, Kansas City Pioneers, Kansas City, MO; Excelsior MC, New York, NY; Rochester Rams, Rochester, NY; Iron Guard BC, New York; Drummer Magazine, San Francisco, CA; MSC Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany; Ottawa Knights, Ottawa, Ontario; FFA - CAC, Washington, DC
15 Years: The 15 Association, San Francisco, CA
10 Years: Hartford Colts, Hartford, CT; Wally Look-Alike Contest, San Francisco, CA; Living In Leather X, National Leather Association: International; TDA - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Five Years: Pantheon of Leather V, The Leather Journal; Betty Page Social Club, Toronto, Ontario; Stars and Stripes In Leather V run and Fifth Anniversary, Tarheel Leather Club, Greensboro, NC; Mirage V run, Capital City Riders, Austin, TX; Bound By Serenity V run, LSM Round Up, San Francisco, CA; Harbor City Bears, Sydney, Australia; Vulcan America Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Delta International, Chicago, IL
Gone, But Not Forgotten
Tuff Stuff co-owner Reverend Dale Autry McKissack, Phoenix, AZ.
Gay Christianity author John Boswell, New Haven, CT.
Mr. Indiana Leather 1992 Ed Tobin, Indianapolis, IN.
Great Lakes Drummer Boy 1992 David Hawn, Indianapolis, IN.
International Mr. Leather 1987 Tom Karasch, Hamburg, Germany died in Amsterdam.
MHR AIDS Support Group cofounder Johnnie A. Garcia, San Francisco, CA.
Leather activists Matt McMahan, Los Angeles, CA.
Mr. Florida Leather 1993 Robert Gall, Daytona Beach, FL.
C-Space, Seattle, WA disbanded.
Ozbears, Sydney, Australia disbanded.
The Leather Journal's first Woman of the Year, Seattle Gay News photo editor Cookie Andrews-Hunt, Seattle, WA.
Erotic video star Chris Burns, San Diego, CA.
Seattle Men in Leather charter member and business partner of the late Lee Willis, Bill Robbins, Seattle, WA.
Cofounder of Leather Fest Los Angeles and editor of Fetish Magazine, Gary L. Leyner.
Spanner defendant Colin Laskey, United Kingdom.
Doomed Rabbit Cookbook cover illustrator Michael Max, Seattle, WA.
Mr. Leatherman Toronto 1991 John Thatcher, Toronto, Ontario.
AIDS and Leather activist Gary Cheatham, San Diego, CA.
Rocky Mountain Regional Award 1994 winner, Mr. Southwest Drummer 1991 and multi-office holder for the Motorcyclemen of New Mexico Pat Sanchez, Belen, NM.
Mr. Leather New Orleans and South Central Regional Award 1995 winner Jamie Esposito, New Orleans, LA.
AIDS and Leather activist Edward Toms, St. Petersburg, FL.
Erotic illustrator Pablo Urda, New York, NY.
Lost Angels, Washington, DC disbanded.
Cascade Bears, Portland, OR disbanded.
NLA cochair, Windy City Bondage Club founder and Leather Activist Albert Kraus, Chicago, IL.
International Bootblack 1993 David Morgan, Baltimore, MD.
IML Contest technical advisor William Scott Albiez, Chicago, IL.
Opened: Daddy's, bar, San Francisco, CA.
Opened: Black Body, rubber apparel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Leather activist and Update Leather columnist Richard Reynolds, San Diego, CA.
Wayne's Leatherack sole proprietor, The Leather Journal's Publisher's Award 1993 winner and Leather activist Wayne Griffin, Los Angeles, CA.
1996
The Leather Journal
One of the most beloved titleholders on the East Coast, Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 1995 Joe Morris was the coverman for Issue #79. Photo by Dave Rhodes.
Feature articles: The interesting Felix Jones, founder of Europe's Leather Scene was interviewed by Dave Rhodes. Lady Green's column was A Primer on Anal Play. Bob Fifield reviewed Dossie Easton's The Bottoming Book  Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns by Phillip Miller and Molly Devon and Metropolitan Slave Anthology II by JEB and Sleazemaster. Mauro Montoya won the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest MAL got eight pages of coverage. Bah, Humbug was the theme of The Wearin' O' The Hides.
San Francisco Leather Daddy VIII, The Leather Journal's 1996 Lifetime Achievement Award winner and perennial Pantheon of Leather emcee Don Thompson was the coverman for Issue #80.
Feature articles: Pantheon of Leather was held in New Orleans. Jill Carter wrote a special article on her 23 years in the Leather community and Living In Leather. With computers in Mind, phydeaux's The Tannin' O' The Hides was titled, The New Sadism.
The first Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather winners were Ron Hendon and Daddy Flo. They are on the cover of Issue #81.
Feature articles: About 1,200 Leatherfolk attended Eulenspiegel's 25th anniversary in New York City in mid-February. Eight inches of snow did not stop people. Covered by Susan Wright, the event had numerous workshops, a vendor fair, staged demonstration and a fashion show. The International Bear Rendezvous was taking place about 3,00 miles away on he same weekend in San Francisco. There were plenty of uniformed men in Andy Mangels' coverage of Portland Uniform Weekend IV. The Motorcycle Awards in San Francisco under the auspices of the Inter Club Fund saw the first woman to be honored as Person of the Year. Jill Carter's The Bitch of Psychological Twist was a hit. Reacting positively to Daddy Bob's Fortress Europe, June 1992 several issues before, Malcom Richard Smith submitted The SM Experience in London and New York: Some Notes For The Unsuspecting Visitor.
The first American Leatherboy, Kevin McGraw from Denver, CO, was photographed by Dave Rhodes at Leatherfest VIII in San Diego for the cover of Issue #82.
Feature articles: Six pages of coverage went to Leatherfest VIII in San Diego produced by Club X (formerly NLA: San Diego).
One of the biggest annual Leather pride celebrations is  The Border Riders MC celebrated their 26th anniversary and the Seattle Men in Leather held their seventh anniversary on Sunday afternoon. Say Good  Night George was Daddy Bob's tribute to his late lover in The Wearin' O' The Hides.
The Issue #83 coverwoman was International Ms Leather 1995 pat baillie.
Feature articles: Dave Rhodes interviewed International Ms Leather pat baillie and International Mr. Leather Larry Everett. Texas Leather Pride in Austin was another weekend full of hot Leatherfolk as NLA: Austin celebrated their fifth run..This edition covered lots of IML and IMsL preliminaries. A big fundraiser for Mr. Minnesota Leather Michael DeLeon drew people from all over the U.S. to Minneapolis. Jill Carter wrote a special called Say Hello to Simon.
The energetic Joe Gallagher from New York City is the coverman of Issue #84 photographed by Dave Rhodes.
Feature articles: A full 10 pages of coverage went to the International Mr. Leather Contest. Atlanta S/M Solidarity presented a successful Spring In The South weekend. E.T. Phone Home was the theme for The Wearin' O' The Hides and The Tannin' O' The Hides featured Sex and Shopping. Jill Carter wrote Sheltered, Sane and Consensual.
The Lords of Leather and the banner they presented at Pantheon of Leather were on the cover.
Feature articles: Coverage of some of the gay and lesbian pride festivities around the United States and Canada appeared. The Leather Journal covered the International Masters and Slaves Contest and Southeast Leatherfest in Atlanta. Miss Bunnie turned in some great photos of the annual Dyke March LA/SF. Lolita and Susan Wright teamed together to cover Leather Pride Night in New York. Brent Sweer traveled to the Midwest and when he returned to LA he brought photos of Nimbus 19th Anniversary: Are You Being Served? from Douglas Dunes, MI. jay wagner reported that the new Ms Toronto Leather was Gill. The 15 Association's Boot Camp run was covered by Dave Rhodes. Dave Rhodes toured the Leather Archives and Museum at IML in May. A photospread reveals what one might encounter when the visit the Museum.
Florida Mr. Drummer 1995 and 1996 Ray Castro and Ed Ivey were the Issue #86 covermen photographed by Dave Rhodes.
Jill Carter became International Ms Leather.
Pacific Coast Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles held their memorable 25th anniversary in the hills above LA and Ira Moore was there. Sarah Humble gave a full report on Leather participation in Baltimore's gay and lesbian pride festivities. A new photo section appearing at the back of The Leather Journal, Out and About..., included photos of gay and lesbian pride events. jay wagner reported that Leatherball II in Toronto was wild. Out and About... had several additional photos from Southern Decadence.
Rex Hopson got the new International Mr. Fantasy Kevin Watson away from the University of New Mexico long enough to get a photo of him for the cover of Issue #87 with a good Southwestern background.
Over 1,000 Leathermen and Leatherwomen invaded the Big Easy (New Orleans) for Southern Decadence which was held Labor Day Weekend.  A weekend of bar parties and Mardi Gras-style partying (except even less clothing was the norm). 
  Otter sent coverage of Flight 1: Myths and Legends sponsored by the Louisville Knightwings. Dave Rhodes used the Texas Leather Pride Boat Ride for another interview; this time talking to NLA: cochair K.T. Chase.
Mr. Leatherman Toronto 1996 Duncan MacLachlan was on the Issue #88 cover and was photographed by Pierre Peloquin.
Feature articles: A full 15 pages covered the events that took place during San Francisco's Leather Pride Week. There was virtually no room to move in the late afternoon during the Folsom Street Fair as the Fair drew its largest crowd ever. The Fetish and Fantasy Ball was moved from Thursday night to Friday night and split the crowd 50/50 with the roast for Mr. Drummer 1995 David WW Walker at the SF Eagle. One particularly hot booth during the Folsom Street Fair was that of the Golden Gate Wrestling Club which performed wrestling demos throughout the day.
Living In Leather in Portland, OR brought 600 people to the Pacific Northwest. Ira Moore attended the Names Project Memorial Quilt Display in Washington, DC. Dave Rhodes wrote a detailed personal experience of Inferno XXV from the beginning of Session B to the end.
Mr. Vulcan Rubber 1997 Rich Villagracia was photographed at the Metropolitan Slave Correctional Institute in Chicago by Dave Rhodes and appeared on the cover of Issue #89.
Feature articles: The first Mr. Vulcan Rubber Contest since 1994 kept the Cell Block busy in Chicago the first weekend in November. The Chicago Hellfire Club held Associates Weekend the same time making this the second busiest Leather weekend of the year in Chicago. A list of the 376 nominees for the Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards was published. Sweatin' Bullets sponsored by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert and several pages of photos in the story and in Out and About... reveal that there are a lot of hot men in the desert. Bearman sent photo coverage of the Ft. Lauderdale Leather Guild's Leather University: Dungeon 101. Vern Stewart covered Centaur MC's Olympia XIV run..
Dave Rhodes photographed Slave Master Mike McDade during Sweatin' Bullets in Palm Springs for the Issue #90 cover.
Clubs
NLA: Houston played a major role in a Toys For Tots drive that collected more than 1,500 toys and $500 for Community Visions, Inc.
ICON Detroit held their Leather Carnival 1995.
Avatar in Los Angeles split $1,000 equally between the Los Angeles Youth Support Services and Eagles Center from funds raised at a beer bust.
Tsarus of Memphis, TN named Bill Andrews and Matthew Presley as men of the Year.
Sandia Leather presented New Mexico on Fire: Leather '96 in Albuquerque, NM.
Avatar held their 13th anniversary shindig in Los Angeles, CA.
Trident International celebrated its 23rd anniversary in Los Angeles, CA.
GUMMI, SM Gays and the Sadie Masie clubs in London, UK were able to resume holding meetings after three months over problems with the government.
NLA: Houston's Spring Iniquity V featured workshops and parties.
Leather United - Chicago presented Freeze and Sleeze IV in Indianapolis, IN.
Greta Schwerdtfegger returned for a second year as president of the board of Generic Leather Productions in Seattle, WA.
NLA: Los Angeles raised more than $1,000 for the Houghton Defense Fund.
Winners in the Leather/Levi Lexicon's Northern California Leather Awards were: Outstanding Leather Man Keith Truitt, Outstanding Leather Woman Audrey Joseph, Under-Recognized Leather Supporter Jacqui Jewels, Leather Business Hole in the Wall Saloon and Organization Golden Gate Guards.
The New Orleans Bears drew over 100 to their Southern Decadence parties.
If you had to pick one club to host a cocktail party to represent the Leather community it might have to be hosted by the Knights d' Orleans.
NLA: Dallas held Beyond Vanilla.
Avatar's Exploratorium drew another big crowd to Hollywood Moguls where the temperature was just as hot as the Leatherfolk attending.
The NLA: International announced the beginning of a Legal Project that would compile data on past cases, cases pending and legal procedure in the future relating to Leather.
Living In Leather in Portland, OR brought 600 people to the Pacific Northwest. About 60 workshops and 27 vendors gave attendees plenty to do in the daytime. Friday night's Opening Ceremonies was filled with speeches and a State of the NLA by cochairs K.T. Chase and Mark Frazier. The Lifetime Achievement Award winners were Jo Arnone from New York and Bob Flanagan (deceased) from Los Angeles. Saturday night's entertainment had mostly dominatrixes leading men on leashes. There was one gay men's fantasy performed by Master Ward and Boy Eitel from Atlanta.
Sweatin' Bullets sponsored by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert, Wolfs Den, Cathedral City Boys Club and American Airlines raised $3,000 for the Desert AIDS Project.
Spearhead collected over toys in their annual Toys For Tots drive that weekend.
Leather Titles
 Mauro Montoya won the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest, the snow was piled high and much of Washington, DC for Centaur MC's Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend. The weather was freezing, but the brotherhood was warm. A larger vendor fair a la IML gave people a chance to shop.
In Toronto the new Mr. Barn Leather was Derek Stringfellow.
Hobbit became Ms Washington State Leather.
Mr. Detroit Eagle was Michael Weems.
Mr. and Ms South Central Olympus Leather were Dirk Nettles and Elizabeth Ann, both from Houston.
Raymond Hall was Mr. DC Eagle.
The first Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather was Ron Hendon and Daddy Flo.
Jim Bowling was chosen Mr. Ohio Valley Leather.
Mr. Southern California Bear was Steve Blanscet.
Lee Zirkle added the Mr. Silver State Drummer title to his collection.
The new Mr. Oklahoma Leather was Arlen Spitler.
Beth Elliott and Koko won the Dyke Mommy and Dyke Daddy titles in San Francisco.
Mr. Brother Help Thyself was Kevin Smith.
Scott Capocci-Smithson won the Seattle Mr. Leather contest which saw $1,000 for the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment and the Michael Desroiser Memorial Pet Support Network and another $1,400 for the Pride Foundation.
Generic Leather Productions in Seattle divied out $4,000 between four charities of which $1,200 went to Seattle's Pride Foundation.
$1,000 raised at Toronto's Black Eagle garnered $1,000 for the Triangle Youth Program and the Mr. Leatherman Toronto Competition.
Ginni became Ms Gulf Coast Leather.
Steve Blanscet from Long Beach was chosen International Mr. Bear at International Bear Rendezvous in San Francisco, CA. Over $10,000 raised during the weekend was donated to STOP IDS Project, Operation Concern/18th Street Services and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
 Ms NLA: Portland received second degree burns during a staged fire fantasy at Erotica IV in Portland.
The Washington State Mr. Leather Contest was won by Vincent Sharkey.
Edward Bryan was named Mr. Michigan Leather.
Barry Burns became Mr. Portland Leather.
International Ms Leather pat baillie started a national drive named Exposing Ourselves to Women's Health Care.
Mr. P's Leather in Washington, DC was Ron Carl.
Mr. Leatherbike Week in Daytona Beach, FL was David "Slakker" Merrill.
Gary Virginia won the first Mr. Daddy's Leather Contest and Gary Strickland was named Mr. Edge Leather in San Francisco, CA.
The new Mr. and Ms Silver State Leather were Arthur "Chip" Gillespie and Julie "Lynn" Maher.
Kurt Edwards won the Empire State Leather Contest sponsored by Stars MC during their Leather Pride weekend in Albany, NY.
Mikki "Mixmaster" Avis was named Ms Colorado Leather Pride and Kent Epperson was chosen Rocky Mountain Mr. Leather in Denver, CO.
The new Mr. Kentucky Leather was Stephen Tracey.
Gary Virginia took the Mr. San Francisco Leather sash.
Kristi Barkan was selected Ms Philadelphia Leather.
The new Mr. LA Leather was Michael Shewan.
The first man to become International Mr. Leather from New York was Joe Gallagher, sponsored by AmFAR.
The first International Ms Deaf Leather was Cool Cat from Chicago and San Francisco's Daniel Sonnenfeld won the International Mr. Deaf Leather title.
Don Woods won the Mr. Gulf Coast Drummer title in Dallas.
Mr. Texas Leather Jackson Myars was the director for Positive Voices, an HIV positive singing group that released Windows of Hope.
The new IML Joe Gallagher and New York City Leather activist Michael Horowitz announced their Get-Linked Project.
Steven Robling became Mr. Boston Leather.
Mickey McMahon was the new Mr. DC Bear.
Wisconsin Daddy was J.P. Ranieri and Wisconsin Daddy's Boy was Cortez Baker.
Mistress Morgana and slave michael won the International Masters and Slaves Contest.
Bob Jacobs was chosen Southeast Mr. Drummer and Rory Teasdale became Southeast Drummer Boy during Southeast Leatherfest in Atlanta.
Ms Toronto Leather was Gill.
Loren Berthelson became San Francisco Leather Daddy XIV.
Jill Carter doesn't live far from Philadelphia so the judges decided that it would be just as easy for her to take the trophy home so they chose her to be International Ms Leather. 19 women competed for the top women's title. Jill quickly sent a story, I Just Wanted To Do It For The Experience.
The new Rocky Mountain Mr. Drummer and Drummer Boy were Rick Gusler and Mike DeNisco.
The new Mr. Florida Drummer was Bill Masters from Ft. Lauderdale.
Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather were Roger Luttrell and Victoria Rose. Taurus Webster won the Mr. Northern California Drummer Contest.
The second International Mr. Fantasy was Kevin Watson from Albuquerque, NM.
The Lords of Leather sponsored the Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest won by Michael Caster.
Kyle Brandon was named Southern California Mr. Drummer.
Doug Decker was chosen Mr. Texas Drummer.
The East Coast Titleholders Conference was held at the home of Mr. Southeast Leather 1993 Darryl Flick in Richmond, VA.
The new San Francisco Leather Daddy's Boy was Joey Faria.
Kyle Brandon from West Hollywood won the International Mr. Drummer Contest and the new Drummer Boy, chosen by the Mr. Drummer contestants, was Mike DeNisco.
International Master and Slave 1996 Mistress Morgana and slave michael held a Fetish and Fantasy event in Denver, CO.
James Murray was named Mr. Tulsa Leather.
Mark McKenzie became Mr. Palm Springs Leather.
Ricardo Morris was chosen Mr. Connecticut Leather.
Fabrice van den Bossche won the Mr. Europe Drummer Contest during Amsterdam Leather Pride.
The new Mr. Southeast Leather was David Palm from Lynchburg, VA.
Mason Timmons became Mr. Upstate New York Leather.
In Toronto the new Mr. Black Eagle Leather was James Morgan and Mr. Barn Leather was Robert Pierre Tomas.
Dauphine Sowell and Master Ken won the Ms and Mr. Georgia Olympus Leather titles in Atlanta.
An April date was set for the American Brotherhood Weekend and it was to be held in Washington, DC.
Ric Morris won the Mr. Connecticut Leather title.
The new Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull was Erich Prohaska.
James Sterling won the first Leathermaster NYC Contest.
Jim Dawson won the Ocean State Leather Contest held by the Enforcers RI and represented them in the Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather finals in New Orleans.
Lee Julien won the Mr. Silver Fox Contest in San Francisco.
News and Politics
London (Reuters) announced that Britain's Law Commission had proposed reforms that would decriminalize violent sexual acts between consenting adults.
Pantheon of Leather was held in New Orleans. This year's awards and winners were: Woman of the Year, Sarah Humble; Man of the Year, Woody Bebout; Readers Choice (Women) Cindy Bookout; Readers Choice (Men) Frank Nowicki; Lifetime Achievement, Don Thompson; Forbearer, Judy Tallwing-McCarthey.
London Vice Squad Pressure lead to a ban of GUMMI and SM Gays.
Brother Help Thyself distributed $120,000 in grants to 45 organizations at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC.
About 1,200 Leatherfolk attended Eulenspiegel's 25th anniversary in New York City in mid-February. Eight inches of snow did not stop people.
The Leather Archives and Museum named George Cameron of Vancouver, British Columbia as head of the Colors Project which would collect sets of club colors from around the world.
Remington's bar in Toronto, Ontario was raided and then a fund to help with legal defense was started.
Washington State Leather Pride Week was held in Seattle at the end of March. A National Emerald Award was presented to Frank Nowicki from Washington, DC.
The two children of Selina and Steven Houghton were taken from their home by authorities after a "friend" broke into their home and stole SM/fetish videotapes. What became known as the Houghton Case was given international publicity through the efforts of Robert and Mary Dante, publishers/editors of Boudoir Noir Magazine in Toronto, Ontario.
Mr. Minnesota Leather Michael DeLeon was able to meet with Los Angeles Lakers' basketball superstar Magic Johnson at the Stand Against AIDS fundraiser at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN.
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 6-3 ruling that stated that states cannot ban laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination. This successfully ended Colorado Amendment 2.
The Leather community of New York City began publicizing the name and a photo of a "Dangerous Top" who had been beating and abusing bottoms way beyond their consent and other violations against the same persons.
 The world renowned Rod's in Madison, WI owners announced that a rebuilding effort had begun to replace the burned down establishment.
Zeus Studios' annual June fundraiser netted about $5,000 to benefit Aid For AIDS in Los Angeles.
The New York City Police Department continued its crackdown on sex clubs by taking out The Attic and The Maze.
The Houghton Case came to an end when the couple accepted an offer made by the District Attorney of  a guilty plea to lesser charges. The Houghton kids spent Christmas at home.
Freeze and Sleeze weekend was cancelled.
Books and Publications
Trevor Jacques and Whole SM Publishing released The Alternate Sources Guide in Toronto.
The start of a Leather Who's Who was announced by Tony DeBlase and Trevor Jacques.
Daddy Bob took home two of the honors from the Los Angeles County Leather Fetish Awards. He won one award for Outstanding Columnist/Journal and another for Outstanding Literature (The Only Reason I Mention This).
Internet
A new web site was established for the Kink Awareness Professionals (KAP) referral service that directs individuals in need to doctors and lawyers friendly to the Leather lifestyle.
New on the Scene
Pike's Peak Summit Masters, Colorado Springs, CO; Femina Society and School, Haverhill, MA; Men of Rubber, Chicago, IL; SAAFE, Calgary, Alberta; Spanking Club, Los Angels, CA; Wisconsin Leather Men's Association, Milwaukee, WI; WHOLE (Women Holding Outrageous Leather Events), Philadelphia, PA; Southeast Conference of Clubs, Wilmington, NC; Seattle Men's Welcoming Committee, Seattle, WA; Louisville Area Trust EXchange (LATEX), Louisville, KY; Brothers In Leather, New York, NY; BD/SM Social Group, Austin, TX; Dungeon 101 by Leather University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Milestones
25 Years: Do-A-Fool, 25th Anniversary and run, Tribe MC Detroit, MI; Inferno XXV, Chicago Hellfire Club, Chicago, IL; Pacific Coast Motorcycle Club, Los Angeles, CA
20 Years: Valley Knights MC, Sacramento, CA
10 Years: Utica Tri's, Utica, NY; Golden Gate Guards, San Francisco, CA; Firedance X run, Firedancers LLC, Dallas, TX; 10th Annual Dusty Cunningham Razzle Dazzle Picnic Basket Auction, Brother Help Thyself, Washington, DC
Five Years: Rubbout V weekend, Northwind, Vancouver, British Columbia; Chain of Command, San Antonio, TX; Texas Leather Pride V run, NLA: Austin, Austin, TX; Tom's Bar V, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Portland Uniform Weekend, In Uniform Magazine, Portland, OR
Gone, But Not Forgotten
Artist Brad Braverman, Los Angeles, CA.
San Francisco Leather Daddy's Boy 1993 Craig Neely, San Francisco, CA.
Jackhammer, bar, San Francisco, CA closed.
Motorwerks, bar, San Francisco, CA closed.
The energetic Joe Gallagher from New York City is the coverman of Issue #84 photographed by Dave Rhodes.
Feature articles: A full 10 pages of coverage went to the International Mr. Leather Contest. Atlanta S/M Solidarity presented a successful Spring In The South weekend. E.T. Phone Home was the theme for The Wearin' O' The Hides and The Tannin' O' The Hides featured Sex and Shopping. Jill Carter wrote Sheltered, Sane and Consensual.
Leather activist and Leather designer Hawk Brooks, Boston, MA.
Leather United - Chicago cofounding member Davis Burbank, Chicago, IL.
Mr. Colorado Leather 1994 Dann Sivers, Denver, CO.
Founding president and charter member of Griffins MC Marshall Kyle, Newark, DE.
Loading Zone (San Diego) bar owner Bob Toner, San Francisco, CA.
The Attic closed due to police pressure in New York, NY.
The Maze suffered the same fate in New York, NY.
The Leather Journal Man of the Year 1988,  Leather Contingent organizer at the March On Washington in 1987 and 1993, past GMS/MA chairman and Leather activist Barry Douglas, New York, NY.
Screw The Roses, Send Me The Thorns coauthor Phillip Miller, Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

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Boots

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Cock Rings

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Health Services

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Leather/BDSM/Fetish Clubs

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LeatherMasters (San Jose, CA) www.leathermasters.com

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Villa Resort (Palm Springs, CA) www.TheVilla.com

Lubricants

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Piercing Companies

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Pins and Patches

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2006

September 30, 2006

2006

The Leather Journal

 

On the cover of Issue #190 is a photo of past winners of the Mr. DC Eagle title taken by Marcus Hernandez. A larger-than-life illustration by Taurus Webster was stolen from the Barracks in Cathedral City, CA. The Leather Journal placed it on the cover. The thieves abandoned it in a field after they figured that it was too well known for them to keep.

Not only did Centaur Motorcycle Club member Mike Kramer carry the host club colors during the parade of colors at Leather Cocktails on Saturday night, January 14 at the Almas Temple in Washington, DC, he also appeared on the front cover of Issue #191. Master Ian's slave Mikey's head had the word "slave" trimmed out of the hair on the back of his head. That made the cover too.

Pantheon of Leather was covered in detail in Issue #192. On the cover are Man of the Year 2006 Robert Davis and Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2006 Terrell Brown and Lady Raven.

Members of The 15 Association which celebrated its 26th Anniversary in San Francisco, CA the last weekend of February was on the cover of Issue #193.

The US Supreme Court refused to hear the Barbara Nitke case against Alberto Gonzales and his Communications Decency Act.

Thom Dombkowski who was everything Chicago passed away. His photo appears on the cover of Issue #194 as did a shot of the award winners from the Southland Honors, presented by the LA Leather Coalition during LA Leather Pride Week at the end of March. Major coverage of Los Angeles is featured. Another photo, by John Weis, from Leather Leadership Conference X was also on the front page. The May Issue included the usual short bios and photos of the International Mr. Leather 2006 Contestants.

Issue #195 featured coverage of the Canadian house cleaning at International Mr. Leather and CLAW's Fifth Anniversary in Cleveland, OH. Cover photos include one of the CLAW ice sculpture and another of the IML 2006 winners. Mistress Cyan's DomCon LA had a full page story too.

Dave Rhodes was on the cover of his own magazine, Issue #196, because he was the recipient of several honors in May and June, particularly the Media Award presented by Christopher Street West, producers of LA's pride parade and festival. Larry Burden wrote the article on Dave Rhodes. Coverage of gay and lesbian pride across the continent appears, primarily that in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA.

International Ms Leather celebrated its 20th Anniversary and The Leather Journal was there. Why not? We've been to all of the IMsL Contests. The winners appear on the cover of Issue #197.

The selection panel for the Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards 2007 is listed. There was more pride coverage and a few hot men from St. Petersburg, FL were on the cover too including Lincoln Calcavecchi who supplied the photo.

The Up Your Alley/Dore Alley Fair held in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, July 30 saw 15,000 Leatherfolk crowded the block between 9th and 10th Street and Dore Alley. The Leathermen's Discussion Group celebrated its 10th Anniversary at San Francisco's Gay and Lesbian Center on July 29 and a huge crowd saw Race Bannon address the crowd. A photo of LDG volunteers graced the front cover of Issue #198 as did a shot of the Leather float in San Diego's pride parade.

Full coverage of San Francisco Leather Week in Issue #199 included the Folsom Street Fair, the Leather Walk, Donna Sachet's and Stompers Boots' fabulous parties, the B&B Corps dinner and the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest. On the cover were Folsom Street Events heads of state Demetri Moshayannis and Andy Copper. The guys from Slick Co drew plenty of attention with their portable vac rac during West Coast Rubber Weekend and at the Parking lot vendor fair hosted by the Tool Shed in Palm Springs. CA over Labor Day weekend.

Clubs

The Wicked Womyn Conference: Kinky Mardi Gras was held in Seattle, WA the weekend of January 13-16.

The Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club of Las Vegas, NV went on their first ride of 2006 and it was to Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Willow Beach on January 15 and on January 29 the trek was to Adventure Canyon in Primm via the Old LA Highway and returning through Goodsprings.

On Friday, January 6, the San Diego League of Gentlemen celebrating their Fifth Anniversary by hosting a vendor fair at the Joyce Beers Community Center in San Diego, CA.

The Mystic Krewe of The Lords of Leather, New Orleans, announces the elevation of their Lord King XXIII and Lord Consort XXIII on Sunday, February 26 at Bal Masque XXIII.  This official Leather Mardi Gras will be held in the Napoleon Ballroom of The New Orleans Sheraton Hotel at 500 Canal Street in New Orleans, LA.

A dinner with all the familiar flavors of New Orleans will be served to tantalize one's taste buds.  Various entertainment segments will be presented as only the Lords can provide.  Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes for some footloose grooves and the infamous Second Line with beads and more.

The reigning Royalty, Lord King XXII, Allan and Lord Consort XXII Keith were present to reign over the evening’s festivities and welcome Lord King XXIII and Lord Consort XXIII for the 2006 Ball Season. Lord Timm Holt was the Ball Captain and Mr. Louisiana Leather 2002 Lord Danny Alford served as Ball lieutenant in New Orleans, LA.

A Queer Leather BDSM play celebration took place at San Francisco Citadel in San Francisco, CA on Friday, March 3.

The Warriors Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles named their slate of club officers for 2006. The officers are: president Greg Glander, road captain Steve Harman, secretary Tom Teague, treasurer Mark Moshlak, and quartermaster Tom MacArthur.

The Alameda County Leather Corps which has the Turf Club in Hayward, CA as its home bar reported that it raised some $26,000 for charity in 2004-2005.

Avatar Club Los Angeles celebrated its 23rd Anniversary on Saturday, February 4, with a sit-down dinner at Taix French Restaurant in Los Angeles. Over 160 Leatherfolk from the community attended the celebration. Donald Dejardines of Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert was presented a Leather vest by Bert Simon which he earned the old fashioned through participation and hard work within the community.

The Oedipus Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, CA installed its new officers for 2006 at the home of Dr. Lawrence Burden on Sunday afternoon, February 12 with about 75 Leatherfolk in attendance. Andre Rigden became Rex LXXIII, or president of the club, Stephen Brown was introduced as Regent, Mike Prestie as Thesaurus and Vince Vincent as Scribe.

February 2006 saw the First Anniversary celebrated by MAsT: Central NJ.  MAsT is a community-inclusive support group for those who identify as owner/master/mistress or property/slave.

The Lords of Leather began their 24th Carnival season with the election of officers at their March meeting. Elected as Lord Chancellor, president, is Todd Cole; Mark Gross was chosen as Lord Temporal, vice president; Danny Alford was elected as Lord Exchequer, treasurer; and Dr. Timm Holt continues as the Lord of Misrule, ball captain.

On Saturday March 18 the New York boys of Leather held a fundraiser benefiting People of Color in Crisis at their monthly LOAD gear fetish party. It was a rousing success, as the boys raised $580 for the Brooklyn-based AIDS and social services organization.

Speaking of New York, Mr. Eagle NYC 2005 Robert Valin and others were making a concerted effort to increase visibility of Leather in the Big Apple and to bring some old Leather back.

The Lords of Leather Hurricane Relief Fund received a special gift during their Mardi Gras Beer Bust on Friday, February 24th at the Phoenix Bar in New Orleans, LA.  Lords member George Hester, board member of Pantheon of Leather, presented a check for $1,000 to  krewe president Todd Cole. The donation was the result of a fundraiser held during the Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather Contest at Pantheon of Leather in Chicago, IL the weekend of February 17-20.

In February, The Pocono Warriors celebrated their 28th Anniversary in Philadelphia. The main focus of the weekend was to bestow the Mosbacher Brotherhood Award to the Deaf Leather community of Philadelphia.

One of Houston's biggest events, Let Us Entertain You (LUEY), took place March 2-5 and was hosted by the Houston Council of Clubs, a coalition of area Leather/Levi clubs, with the assistance of several auxiliary organizations.

The Louisville Nightwings presented My Kentucky Dungeon: The Steven Fister Story thew weekend of April 7-9 in Louisville, KY. The Nightwings also hosted the Spring 2006 Mid American Conference of Clubs meeting.

Over the weekend of April 6-9 more than 1,000 men converged on Las Vegas, NV for the annual Smokeout weekend sponsored by Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club: Las Vegas Chapter. Smokeout has become a fun filled, uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar studs, pipe studs, bikers, Leathermen and friends from all over the world.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their Spring Maneuvers at several locations in Los Angeles County during the April 21-23 weekend. The main event was the Commander's Mess Dress dinner at the posh home of Avatar members Tom and Carlos. This was when some 75 men in a variety of military and police dress uniforms impressed over hors d'ouvres, cocktails, dinner and desert. Saturday night saw a barracks party with an appropriate Bay of Pigs theme which was an open play party. The closing event was a traditional barbecue at the home of Riley Black on Sunday afternoon.

Avatar's Operation Desert Leather III on April 28-29 witnessed the co-mingling of Leather, uniform, bear, and biker clubs all under the umbrella of one event. What started out as a private Avatar event a few years ago was expanded to a weekend of 16 clubs including The 15 Association, Avatar, B&B Corps LA and Palm Springs, Bears LA and San Diego, Chicago Hellfire Club, CSW, Delta, LAboL, OCLA, Oedipus MC, PSboL, PSLOD, The Regiment of the Black and Tans, and the Satyrs MC.

The Bellingham Leather Men celebrated its First Anniversary the weekend of May 12-13 at Warehouse Studios.

The Warriors Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, CA held a weekend camping trip to the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County June 16-18. One didn't have to own a motorcycle to attend this event.

Bear Cafe organized and curated Heritage of Pride’s Seventh Annual Art Space at the New York LGBT Pride Festival, on Sunday, June 25. One-of-a-kind or limited-edition art, photography and crafts appeared in the open-air gallery.

The Windy City Boys Troop of Chicago named their new officers for 2006. Ted Zaehringer was elected as the sergeant-at-arms; Chris Stueber, secretary; Marc Peurye, treasurer. Phil Redmond and Tom Wray were reelected as vice president and president respectively.

The Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club presented Golden Fleece Run XXXII the weekend of June 30 - July 3 at Jack's Gulch near Fort Collins, CO. The theme was Jason Goes To Camelot. The Golden Fleece Run was modeled after the Satyrs MC Badger Flat Run.

The Los Angeles Boys Of Leather hosted Stars and Stripes Weekend and Bears LA presented Bearquake VI: Our Biggest Disaster Yet during the Fourth Of July Weekend. Both clubs used the Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles as their host hotel.

The Seattle Men in Leather and guests enjoyed Equinox VII at the Longhouse in Redmond, WA the weekend of July 14-16.

A new Leather club was formed in Nashville, TN called the Tennessee Raptors was recently formed. Espousing Old Guard or Traditional Leather values the group had its first bar night on June 16 at their home bar The Chute Complex.

August 17-20 saw Leatherfolk from across the US converge in Wichita, KS for WOOLF's (Wichita Organization Of Leather Fetishes) Leather Camp II. Great Plains Leather Sir was Mister C., Leatherboy was boy john and Community Bootblack was Merrie.

Winner of the 2006 Pantheon Award for Small Event, Black BEAT 06, the nation’s leading African American BDSM lifestyle affair was held in the Maryland/DC metro area the weekend of August 18-20. Workshop presenters included Viola Johnson, Jill Carter, Terrell Brown, Goddess Lakshimi, Babygrrl, Cadenas, Sweet Limey, Max Rulz, Dean K, Lady D, Strange, Raynstorm, Mistress Mir, Sir D, Dragon, Mr. Taqtiks, and Mistress Orlando.

The Rochester Rams hosted Leather Murder Mystery, Run XXXI, over the August 25-27 weekend at a secluded campsite in the woods with cabins, food and beer at all hours.

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Badger Flat Run took place September 1-4 near Huntington Lake northeast of Fresno, CA. This was Badger's 45 year.

Spearhead of Toronto, Ontario hosted Round-Up Weekend: Blue Collar September 1-4.

Chris Freed for received the J. Paul Eaton Award at the Chicago Hellfire Club's Inferno XXXV: Session A and Jon Krongaard was named the Caligula Award honoree at Session B the week of September 7-13. The wards are given each year for service to the club and Inferno. Both sessions were sold out with 225 men attending each with many attending both sessions. It's been a long time since this has happened.

The Sacramento Valley Leathermen, founded in 1997 as a men's organization, has been transforming its membership philosophies and operations to reflect the decision to incorporate women, or Leather dykes,  into the club and its programs. On September 3, at the Sacramento Rainbow Festival, the club publicly unveiled its new name as the Sacramento Valley Leathercorps (SVL).

The Corn Haulers LL of Des Moines, IA reached a milestone with Cornball '06: XXX Wedding at the Hotel Fort Des Moines the weekend of September 8-10. The weekend will also see the 2006 fall MACC Conference.

The San Diego Leatherboys held their founders meeting and first bar night at the San Diego Eagle on September 15 that was well attended by founding members and associates.

Folsom Fringe, produced by smOdyssey, was held in San Jose, CA the weekend of September 22-24 with a trip to the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco on Sunday, September 25. Folsom Fringe included plenty of workshops and demonstrations, play parties and plenty of other fun. A few of this year’s presenters were Boymeat, Celeste DeVaneaux, Dr. Charles Moser, Glenda Rider, Elwood, Skip Chasey, Master Bert and slave nadine, Master Conrad and slave cat, Master Guardian and slave sugar, Master Rickford and slave kimmie, Mistress Suzan and slave ziggy, Sir Stephen and slave catherine.

During the weekend of September 15-17 the San Francisco boys of Leather hosted its Third Annual Western boy Run.

The California Cyclemen MC held its annual Desert Heat run to Palm Springs the weekend of October 13-16 at CAMP Palm Springs.

Leather Titles

 Bob Johnson was best of four men competing for the Gauntlet II Mr. Leather 2006 title in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night, January 7 in front of one of the bar's largest crowds in the last 15 years.

The producers of Mr. Long Beach Leather have decided to send the current Mr. Long Beach Leather Larry Golubski to compete at International Mr. Leather.

The new Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather was Scott Harris who was also Mr. Double L 2006. He won his title at the Almas Temple on Sunday afternoon, January 15 in front of about 700 cheering spectators.

Daddy Don Cherkis and boy Joe Croteau from San Diego were the lone contestants in the US Daddy and Day's boy competition and they easily garnered the necessary points to win their title; South West Boot Black 2006 was Henry from Tucson, AZ and Master Conrad and slave cat from Las Vegas, NV nabbed the South West Master and slave 2006 sashes at the South West Leather Conference in Phoenix, AZ the last weekend of January.

The winner of the Mr. Faultline Leather 2006 on Saturday night, January 28 was Brandon Page.

Robert “Robin” Czar, a 6’1", multi-tattooed, 36 year-old redhead who works at the Ritz Carlton Chicago, was named Mr. Chicago Leather 2006 on Saturday night, January 28 at Touche' in Chicago, IL.

Jeff Rynes was chosen to be Mr. Bolt Leather on Saturday; January 28 in Sacramento, CA.

Before a packed house at the Dallas Eagle in Dallas, TX on Saturday night, January 28, Randy Davis was chosen Mr. Texas Leather 2006, and Randal Kinnear and boy Brian Wilson were chosen South Central Leather Sir and Leatherboy.

In Anchorage, AK, Mad Myrna’s was the scene when the Last Frontier Club staged the Mr. Alaska Leather 2006 contest which was won by Russ Shea.

On Friday night, January 27 Tom Stone became the winner of the Mr. Cockring 2006 title at the Cockring/Jackhammer Bar in Fort Lauderdale, FL. There were three contestants.

Tim Stake won the third spot in the Mr. LA Leather 2006 class when he won the Mr. Oil Can Harry's title in Studio City, CA on Friday night, February 3 in front of about 150 cheering spectators.

Mike Clayton was chosen Mr. Iowa Leather 2006 at the Blazing Saddle in Des Moines, IA on Saturday, February  4 which saw a total of four men vying for the title.

The Mr. LA Leather Bear 2006 contest was held at Faultline Bar on Saturday, February 11 where Garrett Scarff was named Mr. Los Angeles Leather Bear 2006.

Mr. Madison Leather 2006 is Chase Lindberger after he won his title on Saturday, February 11 at the Barracks Bar inside of Club 5 in Madison, WI.

Mark Beckler was chosen Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2006 in Minneapolis on Saturday evening, February 11.

John “JD” Dennis was selected as the winner of the Mr. Leather Cowboy 2006 Contest, held at Diamond Jim’s Saloon in Detroit, MI as part of the Detroit Area’s Rough Kinkfest (DARK) Weekend on February 10-12.

The stunningly handsome Todd Davidson was named Cell Block Leatherman 2006 at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL on Saturday night, February 18 in front of some 300 Leatherfolk.

Ms Leather Colorado 2006 was Jae Januze.

Mr. International Bear 2006 Pedro Veral from Cadrete, Zaragoza, Spain; Mr. International Bear Cub 2006 Louis Colasurdo from Belleville, NJ; Mr. International Daddy Bear 2006 Ali Lopez from Randallstown, MD; and Mr. International Grizzly Bear 2006 Tom Swanton from Seattle, WA were the big winners at International Bear Rendezvous in San Francisco, CA.

Lady Raven from Steubenville, OH became Ms Olympus Leather 2006 and Terrell Brown from Oklahoma City, OK was chosen Mr. Olympus Leather 2006 in the theater above the Chicago Eagle on Sunday night, February 19. Jim Drew from Seattle was one of five contestants in the International Mr. Saliva Contest and had the misfortune of being named the winner, chosen by audience applause at Touche'.

Michael Congdon stepped aside from his title as International Leather Sir 2005 and resumed his prior title as Northwest Leather Sir 2005. The Southeast Leather Sir 2005 Dexter Edmonds who was first runner-up in Atlanta last October assumed title of International Leather Sir 2005 in January.

Richard “Rico” Steinert was chosen to be Mr. Elements Leather 2006 at Elements bar in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, February 26.

Over 500 Leatherfolk from across the US, Canada, England and Australia gathered in Dallas, TX to learn, share, play and welcome the new International Master/slave titleholders at South Plains Leather Fest and International Master/slave Weekend, held February 24-26. The judging panel chose Mistress Suzan and slave ziggy as International Master/slave 2006.

Mr. San Francisco Leather 2005 Dodger Allen and Mr. Hayes Valley Leather 2005 Jay Harcourt have announced that they took over as executive producers of the Mr. San Francisco Leather Committee.

Rich Wilson of Kansas City, MO won the 25th Annual Mr. Missouri Leather Contest at JJ's Clubhouse in St. Louis on Saturday night, March 4 in front of 400 or more cheering bar patrons. The contest, possibly the longest running under the same sponsor, was produced by the Gateway Motorcycle Club.

The new Mr. Indiana Leather is Dennis Oakley from Fort Wayne, IN. He won his title at the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday night, March 4.

Jerry Roseberry became Indiana Leather Sir and Scott King was named Indiana Leather boy on March 4 at the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis, IN.

Mr. Ashram West Leather 2006 was Joe Paleski, aka, Daddy Joe in Los Angeles on Saturday night, March 4.

Jim Fall was selected best of three contestants by a narrow margin and thus became Mr. Pistons Leather 2006 at Pistons bar in Long Beach, CA on Saturday night, March 11 in front of about 250 Leatherfolk.

March 18 in Seattle saw Rob Grant and Luying win the 24th Annual Washington State Mr. and Ms Leather Contest at The Cuff Complex with a standing room only crowd.  The contest was part of the 14th Annual Washington State Leather Pride Week and occurred the same night as the Cuff Complex’s 13th Anniversary.

KC Juergensen was named Florida Leather Sir and John Susanjar was chosen Florida Leatherboy on Saturday night, March  18 at Circuit in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Bruce Karmazin from St. Louis, MO was chosen tops among 11 men competing at the Second Annual Mr. Midwest Leather Contest in the theater above the Chicago Eagle on Saturday night, April 8 in front of about 200 cheering supporters.

Washington State took two of the four American Brotherhood titles as Mr. Washington State Leather 2005 Rusty Jones became American Leatherman, Ms Washington State Shelley Denton was named American Leatherwoman, American Leatherboy is Ed Kosary of Dallas, TX and Ms Philadelphia Leather 2005 Dawn Marie of Philadelphia, PA was chosen American Leathergirl in Washington, DC the weekend of April 21-23 at the Holiday Inn on the Hill.

Rick Yarbrough was named Southern California Leatherboy 2006 at the Barracks on Saturday night, April 22. There were two contestants for Leatherboy, but like last year, there were no Leather Sir contestant.

Mr. Great Plains Olympus 2006 was Lord Prophett and Ms Great Plains Olympus 2006 was cathy. They won their titles during NLA: Oklahoma City's Fifth Annual Tribal Fire Weekend held May 5-7 in a rainy Oklahoma City, OK. The National Leather Association: International held their AGM during Tribal Fire.

Tom Pupp was chosen to be Sacramento Leather Sir 2006 and Mark Olson became Sacramento Leatherboy 2006 at the Fifth Annual Sacramento Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest held the weekend of May 5-7 at the Bolt bar.

Canadians captured both titles at IML had the fourth place winner and four in the Top 20 when Mr. Leather Montreal 2006 Bo Ladashevska was named International Mr. Leather 2006 at the renowned Chicago Theater on Sunday night, May 28 in Chicago, IL. First runner-up was Mr. Long Beach Leather 2005 Larry Golubski and second runner-up was Mr. Fetish Switzerland 2006 Philippe Lepine. The International Mr. Boot Black 2006 winner is Benjamin Palmer, winning over a pool of five contestants. 51 men vied for the IML 2006 sash. This was the first time that Canadians have won either title.

The new Pennsylvania Leather Sir and Leatherboy were Ryan Tittel and Justin John Costello who won their titles in Philadelphia, PA at The Bike Stop on Saturday, June 10.

CSW (Christopher Street West) produced the Los Angeles Pride 2006 festivities the weekend of June 9-11 in West Hollywood, CA where Tom Wang was named the first Mr. CSW Leather. CSW launched its inaugural Mr. CSW Leather contest on Saturday, at Erotic City within the LA Pride festival grounds.

A sultry weekend in Atlanta was highlighted by the selection of Matthew Cary as Mr. South East Leather Fest and Solitaire as Ms South East Leather Fest on June 11. The Jack Stice Memorial Community Service Award recipients were David Nelson of Atlanta and The Red Chair of Birmingham, AL.

The nation's capital selected Allen Washington as their second Mr. Capital Pride Leather.

Lonie “Cisco” McGowan of Jersey City, NJ became Northeast Leather Sir and Ray Rivera of Hamden, CT was chosen Northeast  Leatherboy  on June 16, at the Eagle NYC.

On Saturday, June 17 a panel of seven judges selected Master Kalan was chosen to be Southwest Leather Sir 2006, boy  marshall as Southwest Leatherboy 2006 and Lauren as the first Southwest Leatherwoman at Charlie’s during Southwest Leather Pride 2006 Weekend in Phoenix, AZ. The Bob DeJardine Leather Pride Award was awarded to Pat O from the Bunkhouse for his overwhelming support to the leather community in Phoenix.

The Mr. Leatherman Toronto Competition announced that at the Annual General Meeting of the membership on Sunday, June 18, that a donation of $10,000 was made to Supporting Our Youth (SOY), the organization’s designated charity for 2005.

Jason, aka “Gummiboy” was named Eagle LA Mr. Rubber 2006 on Friday night, on July 7.

The Mid Atlantic Leather Sir and Leatherboy 2006 contest was held at the Hippo in Baltimore, MD where Pennsylvania Leatherboy 2006 Justin John Costello was announced as the new Mid Atlantic Leatherboy  and Pennsylvania Leather Sir 2006 Ryan Tittle was named Mid-Atlantic Leather Sir 2006. Justin John Costello was announced as the winner of the Brotherhood Award.

During a sweltering 112 degree heat wave in Hayward, California, the Alameda County Leather Corps sashed Joan Norry and Bob Keypas as Ms and Mr. Alameda County Leather 2006 on Saturday night, July 22 at the Hill and Valley Club.

Kentucky Leatherboy 2006 was J. R. Lamb and Kentucky Bootblack 2006 was Pony. The contest was held on Saturday night, July 22 at Woody’s Tavern in Louisville, KY.

Lady Faye from Dallas, TX was best of two women competing for the International Ms Leather 2006 sash at The Max in Omaha, NE on Saturday night, July 15 in front of approximately 100 cheering onlookers. Alex Bettancourt from Massachusetts was the lone competitor for the International Ms Boot Black 2006 title and was declared the winner by executive producer Amy Marie Meek-DeJarlais. It was announced that Glenda Rider had taken over the contest. It was later learned that the next contest would be in April and in San Francisco, CA.

The new Mr. Harbor Room was Jeffrey Miller of Cudahy, WI after he was named the winner on Saturday night, July 22.

Over 50 people Mistress Pandora win the 2006 Ms Leather Michigan Pride 2006 Contest on Saturday, July 23, at the State Bar, in Flint, MI.

On Friday night, July 28 Warren Williams captured the San Francisco Leather Daddy XXIV title at the Eagle Tavern in front of about 250 Leatherfolk.

Tim Matheny was selected as 2006 Northern California Leather Sir and Mark Masterson was selected to be Northern California Leatherboy at the DNA Lounge on 11th Street at Harrison in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, July 28. Two men competed for each spot.

Sir Larry and slave barb from New Jersey won the Northeast Master/slave 2006 titles.

Steve Kennedy from Seattle, WA was named International Mr. Deaf Leather and International Ms Deaf Leather 2005 Crystal apparently was to continue through 2006 with her title since the woman vying for the 2006 title did not meet the minimum required points to win. The new International Deaf Leather boy was boy B from Washington, DC. The contest was held at the Sheraton Hotel San Diego, in the Mission area in San Diego, CA the weekend of July 28-30.

Karnivale of Kink was the theme of the Southern California Leather Woman 2006 which was won by Bikkja Amy at the Masonic Temple in El Segundo on Saturday night August 5 in front of almost 200 Leatherfolk. The audience was the judging panel.

On the evening of Saturday August 5 the Mr. Hayes Valley Leather 2007 contest was won by Steve Mayers at Marlena’s bar in San Francisco, CA.

The Embers in Portland, OR where Daddy Bear was named Mr. Oregon State Leather and Tommie was chosen to be Ms Oregon State Leather  on Saturday night, August 12 in front of a full house. This was the contest's 10th Anniversary. The contest was produced by Blackout Leather Productions and was one of many events during the greater Oregon State Leather Pride Week.

Dennis Beisbeir was named Mr. Long Beach Leather 2006 at Pistons in Long Beach, CA on Saturday night, August 12. He filled the shoes of Mr. Long Beach Leather 2005 Larry Golubski who was first runner-up at International Mr. Leather in May.

Jaris Thomas of Denver, CO and David Sellon of Colorado Springs joined together to produce the Mr. Colorado Leather and Colorado Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contests held the weekend of August 18-20. Mike Maez from Colorado Springs was best of three men in winning the Mr. Colorado Leather 2006 title while Mike Villarini was named Colorado Leather Sir and Francisco Sanchez was chosen to be Colorado Leatherboy at the Denver Eagle on Saturday night, August 19 in front of nearly 150 Leatherfolk.

Mufasa of Chicago, IL was chosen to be the first Mr. World Leather 2006 and Ms World Leather 2006 was Jae Januze from Denver, CO. They both won at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia the weekend of August 25-27.

The Second Annual Ottawa Leather Fest was held at Breathless in Ottawa, Ontario the weekend of August 25-27 and included the Mr. and Ms Ottawa Olympus Leather Contest, two play parties, seminars and Ottawa's gay pride parade, picnic and festival. BJ won the Mr. Ottawa Olympus Leather sash while Angela took the Ms title.

The Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend held August 25-27 in Indianapolis, IN was a huge success. The Great Lakes Leather Sir and Leather boy were appointed for 2006. They are Great Lakes Leather Sir Steven Seefeldt and Great Lakes Leatherboy brent Suits. Great Lakes Leather Sir 2007 title was Joee Arteaga, Great Lakes Leather boy 2007 was doug Massey and Great Lakes Bootblack 2006 was Spot. Great Lakes Ms Leather Pride was Lady Justice and Great Lakes Master/slave title was Sergeant Major and riches.

Mr. West Coast Rubber 2006 was Michael O’Connor. The Villa Resort was the host hotel with overflow at Chaps Inn and Desert Bear.

Mark Steinbauer was named Mr. Louisiana Leather 2007 at the Howling Wolf in New Orleans over Labor Day and Southern Decadence Weekend in The Big Easy which has shown remarkable recovery one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. The Lords of Leather sponsored the Contest which saw five men vie for the title.

Matt Johnson was named Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2007 at the Powerhouse on Saturday, September 9 in San Francisco, CA.

Mr. Dixie Belle Leather 2007 was Chris “Crisco” Schiefer who won his title at Bootleggers in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, September 16.

The 2006 Mr. Double L Contest held on September 16 at the Double L Bar in Rehoboth Beach, DE was won by Gary Samuels from Washington, DC.

Travis Creston was chosen to be Mr. San Francisco Leather 2007 on Saturday September 23 at City Nights.

News and Politics

Jason Garrett, the director of Mr. Leather finally gotten Los Angeles to show his movie. It played at the Egyptian Theatre on Wednesday, January 25 and the theater was full.

The Fourth Annual South West Leather Conference titled The Leather Family Gathering of Heart and Spirit was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Phoenix, AZ the weekend of January 20-22 with some 433 Leatherfolk registered.

The Arts and Entertainment Center saw a representation of the entire San Diego  GLBT Community on Saturday February 4, as the first San Diego Leather Community Awards was held. The awards and their winners were: Man of the Year Adam Latham, Woman of the Year Annie Romano, Small Event of the Year Katrina Relief by boy joe and Daddy Don, Large Event of the Year 2005 Mr. San Diego Leather Contest produced by Tom Dickerson and Graylin Thornton, Business of the Year Michelle Jackson, an ASL Interpreter, and Club/Organization of the Year San Diego boys of Leather.

On February 10 Race Bannon and the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom (NCSF) announced the transfer of management of Kink Aware Professionals to NCSF. The Kink Aware Professionals program was founded and had been managed by Race Bannon for many years.

LIFE (Leather Institute for Education) Detroit held its DARK (Detroit Area Rough Kinkfest) Weekend on Friday, February 10-12 at Diamond Jim's Saloon where Dr. Alan Bowers addressed the crowd.

Dennis Cramer presented the Fourth Annual Erotic Art Expo from Monday, February 13, through the following Monday, February 20, at the Tool Shed in Palm Springs, CA. Proceeds from the event benefited Tool Shed's AIDS Assistance Program Christmas Stocking Fund and Erotic Art Expo.

Some 35 honors were bestowed at the Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards Show at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL on Saturday afternoon February 18. Mark Frazier of Dallas, TX was named the Lifetime Achievement Award winner. This selection was made by the Pantheon of Leather board of directors. Robert Davis from Hagerstown, took home two pieces of crystal as he was maned Man of the Year, chosen by the selection panel, and Community Choice (Man) along with three others, an award decided by popular write-in vote. Blackkat from New York, NY was the Community Choice (Man) winners and the Northeast Regional Award winner.

Winter Encampment: How Can We Serve You was held February 24-26 in Provincetown, RI.

Dreams To Reality, a pansexual BDSM event produced by Susan Abel each year in Omaha, NE was canceled.

Fieldens, a private club  in Richmond, VA, presented their annual Bal de Sade on March 18 at 11 PM, Bal de Sade is Virginia’s, largest Leather/Fetish celebration.

In March the US Supreme Court refused to hear the Barbara Nitke case against Alberto Gonzales and his Communications Decency Act.

Ray Castro has been the official portrait artist for some of the Leather world's most prestigious contests including International Ms Leather, International Master and slave, International Leather Sir and Leatherboy, Ms World Leather and Mr. Leatherman Toronto. Titleholders for these events have all received portraits of startling vision and passion that captured their unique qualities as champions in Ray Castro's own style. In celebration of this, the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL hosted a special exhibition of Ray Castro's works during International Mr. Leather Weekend in May.

Colors of Leather is a project founded by boi Gwen Hardy of Jacksonville, FL. She has been interested in and collecting bits of information regarding Leather history for about four years.  She has saved as much information as possible and now has Colors of Leather on line.

Rev. Dr. Bob Goss announced two members of the LA Leather Community to receive the MCC in the Valley Justice-Love Award. They were Mistress Cyan, a professional dominatrix in the Leather community and Dr. Larry  Burden, former president of Avatar.

The New Reality Show Top Chef airing on the Bravo Channel featured the Mr. S Leather and Madame-S store in San Francisco, CA for it’s one hour second show in the series on Wednesday night, March 15. This show was filmed in the store in November.

Los Angeles Leather Pride week, produced mostly by the LA Leather Coalition, was held March 25 - April 2 in the City of the Angels. Based on the host Figueroa Hotel's Morrocan theme, the weekend had a Leather Casbah theme. The highlights were the Mr. LA Leather 2006 Contest which was won by Mr. Gauntlet Leather Bob Johnson, the Southland Honors and the LAL Street Fest.

The Southland Honors featured a keynote address by past The 15 Association chairman and San Francisco Leather Daddy XXI Peter Fiske from San Francisco/Palm Springs, CA. The award winners included Person of the Year, Dr. Larry Burden, Chairman’s Award, Slave Pug, Most Supportive Individual of the Year, Larry Golubski, Mentor of the Year, Brian Dawson, Fundraiser (Individual) of the Year, Mistress Cyan, Event of the Year, Southern California Leather Gathering, Club Organization of the Year, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: LA House and Business of the Year, Mr. S Leathers.

Nearly 350 people attended the 10th Annual Leather Leadership Conference over the April 7-9 weekend in New York City, where the first conference was held in 1997. In attendance at the Hotel New Yorker in midtown Manhattan were elected leaders and active members of dozens of SM/Leather/Fetish groups, as well as individual community members, from 26 US states, Washington DC, three Canadian provinces and Germany.

 An Exponential Experience was the theme for the weekend.

Charlie Matula and business partner Vince Quattrocchi, along with bar manager Hunter Fox, announced that the Los Angeles Leather bar Gauntlet II would become the Eagle LA with opening festivities taking place on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23.

$1,200 was raised for Breaking Barriers, the Sacramento Valley area's catastrophic illness service organization, at Good Friday Flogging. The event held at The Bolt bar in Sacramento, CA on April 14 was produced by Northern California Leather Sir 2005 Michael Kelly. Breaking Barriers Community Services Center is a volunteer supported, service oriented non profit organization.

A stage play that featured gay men and Leather, Top and Bottom, opened at The Complex on June 1, and consists of two gay-themed one-act comedies in Hollywood, CA.

The National Leather Association  honored Race Bannon for his lifetime of achievements at Tribal Fire which was hosted by NLA: Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, OK the weekend of May 5-7. One of Race’s outstanding achievements was Kink Aware Professionals (KAP) which he founded and directed. Much of Race’s work has been as an author and educator. A recent count of his speaking engagements numbered over 325.  He penned Learning The Ropes: A Basic Guide to Safe and Fun SM Lovemaking, which became an international bestseller in the genre.  He founded Daedalus Publishing Company, the first publishing company dedicated to publishing quality nonfiction book on Leather/SM/Fetish topics. The first Internet talk show about kinky sex was produced by Race, who was its host.  It was called Bound to Talk.

On Friday, April 7 approximately 200 people gathered at Shakers Pub in Lancaster, CA to support Explosion. Tarzana Treatment provided rapid HIV Testing to 22 people. The beneficiary of the night, Sunrise HIV/AIDS Coalition (SHAC), had their van overflowing with food donations. The Raffle, barbecue and 50/50 brought in $457. Master Jammer won the 50/50 and donated the $111 to SHAC, making the total funds raised $568 to help SHAC deliver food to persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Antelope Valley. The appearance of one California State Assembly candidate and one Lancaster mayoral candidate gave hope that government officials could be ready to face the HIV/AIDS issue in the Antelope Valley.

DomCon: LA, billed as America's Premier Professional and Lifestyle Domination Convention, was held at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel near LAX the weekend of April 13-15 and some 500 plus Leatherfolk attended. This was the third year for the event which was very popular in its first two years, but outreach to the gay Leather community added to the numbers and local visibility. DomCon: LA was produced by Mistress Cyan.

CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) has doubled in size each of the last four years, with the Fifth Anniversary edition using four hotels the weekend of April 28-30 in Cleveland, OH. The Wyndham Playhouse Square Hotel played host while the Embassy Suites, used the third and fourth year, served as backup.

Professional Dominatrix  Mistress Cyan and former president of Avatar Club Los Angeles president Dr. Larry  Burden were recipients of the MCC in the Valley Justice-Love Award at the church's annual celebration: Out: A Night of Music and Art on May 13 in North Hollywood, CA. MCC in the Valley and Rev. Dr. Bob Goss presented these awards to nonmembers of MCCV for exhibiting the values of Micah 6:8:  "passionate for justice, showing mercy and kindness, and walking humbly in the presence of God."

The largest festival grounds of all the LGBT pride weekends was found in Long Beach, CA where their version of Pride 2006 took place the weekend of May 19-21. Leather was present with a vendor booth and enclosed demo area specially reserved for the Leather community. There were Leather trucks and marchers in the parade along Ocean Blvd. on Sunday morning. Among participants were OCLA, Avatar Club Los Angeles, LOBOC MC.

The Leather Archives and Museum celebrated its 15th Anniversary at International Mr. Leather 2006 on Saturday evening, May 27 beginning at 10 PM at the Palmer House Hilton. There is no charge for admission to the event.

The  60626. Check out www.leatherarchives.org or phone (773) 761-9200 for more information.

A new location was found for Tuff Stuff Leatherware in Palm Springs.

International Mr. Leather 2003 John Pendal married his partner, Dave Harris. They registered as a Civil Partnership at their local registry office in West London in front of 24 guests from the UK and the Netherlands. The ceremony began with the overture to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, which caused a few smiles. They used the same rings, vows and best men as in June 2003, when they celebrated their 10th anniversary by signing the London Partnerships Register.

Dave Rhodes, publisher and editor of The Leather Journal was honored Wednesday night, May 7 by being given Christopher Street West's Media Award at the Mayor's reception at The Factory in West Hollywood, CA. During the festivities Rhodes was also presented a Commendation from the California State Legislature on behalf of 42nd District Assemblyman Paul Koretz and a Certificate of Tribute from Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. Besides having these accolades being bestowed upon him, Rhodes rode as an honored guest in a private car in the CSW Pride Parade on June 11.

The Fifth Annual Southern California Leather Gathering (SCLG) took place on Saturday, June 3 at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area. The weather was hot, yet there was ample tree shade and a light breeze to help keep some 246 Leatherfolk cooled down a bit.

Mera Harned and Jimmie Tucker were married in a garden wedding at their home in Dallas, TX on Saturday, June 3. The wedding was attended by more than 130 Leatherfolk and family.

St. Petersburg Pride was on Saturday, June 22 and was super-well attended. The Platform Levi/Leather/Uniform cruise bar sponsored a Leather float filled with sexy shirtless Leathermen for the parade.

Leather Invasion VII's  Leather pot luck picnic was held Saturday afternoon, June 17 on the grass lawn of the newly renovated Christopher Street Pier on Hudson River Park in an effort to help kickoff Leather Pride Weekend in New York, with events such as The Northeast Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest, Leather Pride Night and GMS/MA's Folsom Street East.

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition's fundraising committee held their Second Annual Los Angeles Leather Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 8 at Metropolitan Community Church in the Valley in North Hollywood, CA.

The Syren store in Los Angeles changed hands in July and was taken over by The Stockroom which has been around for almost 19 years. The Stockroom primarily vended at events in the early 1990s and then they developed a highly-successful Internet business targeting the het and gay Fetish communities with separate catalogs.

FFN4 took place the weekend of Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with an estimated 5,000 in attendance, up from 2005.  The beneficiaries for 2006 were the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and the relighting of the Conservatory dome in Allan Gardens.

San Francisco Leather Daddy XXIII Master Richard Sprott and San Francisco Leather Daddy's boy XXIII spunky presented Daddy's Dungeon at the Powerhouse in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, July 15.

Oregon Leather Pride's annual Rose and Thorn Awards Ceremony at Starbucks Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, OR presented the following honors: Business of the Year, WIAN Studios; Non Profit Business of the Year, Cascade AIDS Project; Leatherwoman of the Year, Carmella; Leatherman of the Yea, Ben Bear Brown, Jr.; and Community Choice Award of the Year, Cheryl Spector.

A Taste of Cine Kink -- Chicago, presented by the Leather Archives and Museum, was held on Friday, July 28 and showcased feature films and videos culled from the best of Cine Kink NYC, the really alternative film festival, with topics that include SM, Leather and Fetish, swinging, non-monogamy and polyamory, and gender bending.

The folks at Folsom Street Events, producers of the Up Your Alley/Dore Alley Fair held in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, July 30 said that 15,000 Leatherfolk crowded the block between 9th and 10th Street and Dore Alley. The place was packed with the usual bare-chested men, Leather, rubber, nudists and more. It would have been impossible for the weather to be any better. A police presence was there and they seemed to take everything in stride.

The Leathermen's Discussion Group celebrated its 10th Anniversary at San Francisco's Gay and Lesbian Center on July 29 and a huge crowd saw Race Bannon address the crowd.

The 19th Annual Awesome August Weekend was held in Palm Springs August 10-13 and was hosted by Dale Jag and was partially a benefit for the NGRA and Santa Saturday West at CCBC Resort.

The weekend of August 19-20 events included the Mr. Leatherman Toronto Committee's Leather Ball XII and the Church Street Fetish Fair, and the North American Bootblack Contest.

Spearhead of Toronto hosted its Round-Up run the weekend of September 1-4. The run theme was Blue Collar Weekend.

In San Diego Pleasures and Treasures opened at the end of June. This was only a couple of months after Ringold Alley Closed. Pleasures is owned by Bill Freyer of Red Hankies of San Diego Fame.

WOOLF (Wichita Organization Of Leather Fetishes) hosted Leather Camp II the weekend of August 18-20 in Wichita, KS.  WOOLF will be producing this event as a part of their annual Leather Pride Celebration, Great Plains Leather Sir, Leatherboy and Community Boot Black. Presenters included Bill Reed, Jay Wiseman, Mike Zuhl, Tom Stice, John Pendal and Lori Ellison.

The Third Annual Church Street Fetish Fair was held on Sunday, August 20 in Toronto, Canada and was organized by the Church-Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area (CWVBIA).

On August 30th the UK Home Office published a summary of the responses they received to their Consultation on the Possession of Extreme Pornographic Material. You can download the summary as a pdf file at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/cons-extreme-porn-3008051/Gvt-response-extreme-porn.pdf?view=Binary As a result of the consultation the British Government was pressing ahead with plans to create a new offence which would criminalize anyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who possesses explicit pornographic material, showing actual scenes or depictions which appear to be real, of the following activities: One, acts which appear to be life threatening or are likely to result in serious, disabling injury; two, intercourse or oral sex with an animal; and three, sexual interference with a human corpse.

Hell On Wheels II: A Leather/Fetish Roller Skating Party took place at the Moonlight Roller Way in Glendale, CA on Wednesday September 13 with around 300 Leatherfolk present.

On Wednesday, September 20 the Leathermen's Discussion Group (LDG) presented their Second Annual Fetish Fair, at SF Citadel in San Francisco, CA.

The Chicago Leather Club held their 2006 Mini Run the weekend of September 22-23 in Chicago, IL.

San Francisco Roll Call 2006 was held on Friday, September 22 at The Log Cabin in San Francisco's historic Presidio during the Folsom Street Fair Weekend.

The Leather community was saddened by the news that the Denver Triangle closed its doors for good on or about September 25. Co-owner Ric Sullivan informed us of this as did several Denver community leaders. The Triangle had served the Leather community for over 30 years and according to a couple of sources, was the oldest gay bar in Colorado.

Avatar Club Los Angeles'  September 27 program meeting at MCC in the Valley featured San Francisco Leather Daddy XXIII Richard Sprott who presented the new findings about pleasure, pain, and personality as it pertains to BDSM sexuality, and discuss ways of using these findings to improve our experiences.  Topics included hormones and neurotransmitters, how the brain processes pain and pleasure, and personality characteristics, grounded in genetic differences, that lead a person to seek novel sensations (sensation-seeking) or to seek dominance/submission.

The Third Annual Master/slave Conference (MsC) was held the weekend of July 21-23 at the Doubletree Washington Hotel in downtown Washington, DC with around 250 participant. Master Z, from the Texas Leather Tribe received the Master Heart Award 2006 and slave john, one of the founders of MAsT Washington was selected for the slave Heart Award 2006. Author Jack Rinella delivered a controversial Keynote Address on the subject of education in the Leather community. The passionate speech provoked diverse reactions from the attendees during the weekend. The Master/slave Conference included over 40 workshops and panels on a variety of aspects of Master/slave relationships.

The Folsom Street Fair took place September 24 in San Francisco, CA and a huge crowd enjoyed the best weather that his weekend has seen in several years. San Francisco's Leather Pride Week was full of activities that began a full weekend before.

The 15th Annual Leather Walk on Sunday, September 17 saw over $21,000 raised for the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. The Walk started at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro and wound its way to the Eagle Tavern. The annual raising of the Leather pride flag at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro precedes the AIDS Walk and was the official start of festivities. The flag was visible from many parts of San Francisco.

Billed as the hottest Leather event in New England, Mates Leather Weekend descended upon Provincetown, MA September 29 - October 1 for it’s Tenth Annual run.  Mates Leather Weekend has increased in attendance each year with 650 men and women from all over the world in 2005.

Kinky Kollege 2006: A Pansexual Institute of Higher Yearning took take place in Chicago, IL the weekend October 13-15. Dossie, Jack Rinella, Jack McGeorge, Chuck Renslow, Travis Wilson, Jimi Tatu, Master Z and slaveboy  tony and other of the nation's top presenters taught some 40 classes to the approximate 300 in attendance.

Human sexuality took a step forward as research psychologist Richard Sprott, PhD, filed papers with the state of California to incorporate CARAS, the Community Academic consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities. CARAS represents an effort by scientists to work with alternative sexuality communities to conduct cutting-edge research.

New on the Scene

Ohio Leather Pride Night, Akron, OH; Tennessee Raptors, Nashville, TN

Milestones

 

45 Years: Satyrs Motorcycle Club, Badger Flat Run, Los Angeles, CA

30 Years: Corn Haulers LL, Cornball '06: XXX Wedding, Des Moines, IA

20 Years: International Ms Leather, Omaha, NE

15 Years: Three Rivers Leather Club, Pittsburgh, PA; Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, IL

10 Years: Leathermen’s Discussion Group, San Francisco, CA; Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather, Portland, OR; Mates Leather Weekend, Provincetown, MA; Mr. International Rubber, Chicago, IL

Five Years: San Diego League of Gentlemen, San Diego, CA; CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend), Cleveland, OH; Southern California Leather Gathering, Whittier, CA; Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend, Indianapolis, IN

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Born in 1953, Paul Joseph John Bavlnka, Jr. Passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 3 at age 52. Paul participated and worked many of the Leather community events in Milwaukee. He was committed to philanthropy for many good causes and also involved in a range of political endeavors. Paul was a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the Milwaukee Athletic Club.

Wally Sherwood, A Leatherman whose efforts at fundraising befitted the Leather communities of San Francisco, CA and New Orleans, LA over the last 30 plus years, died from renal failure in the early morning of January 26 in Dallas, TX. Wally was displaced by the effects of Hurricane Katrina and was being helped greatly by Merah Harned and Jimmie Tucker in Dallas. Wally received the Pantheon of Leather 2006 Man of the Year Award last February. He raised funds through his Wally Look Alike contests and Wally's Mother parties each May. Some years the numbers ranged around $700 and many others funds proceeds exceeded $3,000 with the money going to AIDS related charities. Wally cofounded the Celestial Krewe de Cuir in San Francisco with his partner Eddie Cunningham. Wally was involved with the Cavaliers Motorcycle Club and New Orleans Bear and Bear Trappers Association and was an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club. Wally published a small publication in San Francisco named the Leather Levi Lexicon for about seven years. He wrote for Ambush Magazine covering the Leather scene while in the Big Easy. He was a frequent contributor to The Leather Journal for some 17 years.

Marshall Loeb, a longtime member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and The 15 Association of San Francisco died recently. Marshall was a movie buff, having lived in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. He was survived by his beloved dog Benji, who's companionship added several years to Marshall’s life.

The Leather community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of International Mr. Leather Judge Emeritus Thom Dombkowski on Thursday morning, April 20 at his home in Chicago, IL. A native of Rochester, NY, Thom Dombkowski began his Leather journey in 1970 when he stepped into the legendary Gold Coast bar in Chicago. He was mentored by John F.G. Shawhan, a member of the Old Guard who was a World War II veteran and a builder of pipe organs. Nonetheless, Thom has long been among those on Leather’s progressive edge and a strong supporter of the boy movement. Thom’s been involved with IML in unofficial and official capacities fo0r over 25 years. He has held the roles of IML’s charity liaison, press liaison, speech writer, tally master and judges’ coordinator. Most famously, Thom served a 10-year term as IML’s Chief Judge between 1992-2001. With Chuck Windemuth, he cofounded the Chicago Leather Kennel Club. A Chicago resident since 1974, Thom’s professional career encompassed public and private service. He cofounded Chicago House (residence and support services for PWAs) and served as its second executive director. He was also the staff writer for Howard Brown Memorial Clinic. As a volunteer, he was among the cofounders of IMPACT (which evolved into Equality Illinois). He was among the original major donors to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. Thom also funded the feasibility study that led Horizons Community Services to begin development of The Center of Halsted, Chicago’s future LGBT community center. A onetime member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues, Thom proposed and developed the creation of the City of Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

The Leather community was saddened with the news of the recent passing of Jan Lyon. Jan was a founding member of the National Leather Association in Seattle where she lived in 1986. She held the Ms National Leather Association 1989 title, was Pantheon of Leather Woman of the Year Award in 1990, female cochair of the National Leather Association, manager of the NLA Store and received the National Leather Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.

Jared Gerardo, 38, passed away at his home in Valley Village on Sunday, April 23. He was survived by his life partner Roger Hardesty. Jared was one of the barbers for many of the Clippers events in Southern California and the east coast, working for community fundraisers or just for fun.

Phillip Robb passed on in early May. Phil was a good friend of the California B&B Corps and the Regiment of the Black and Tans. He was an active member of the Corps Of Rangers. Phil was best known for the wonderful Christmas parties he would host at his hillside home near the Hollywood Bowl.

On Wednesday, May 3, Mr. Regiment Leather 2006 Chris Rabun was scheduled to have surgery and due to complications unexpectedly passed away. Chris was 39 years old, born in New Orleans and lived in Southern California for 16 years. He was the public relations director for Bears LA.

The Woodhull Freedom Foundation and the Leather community at large mourned the death of its board member, Eric Rofes.  Eric was an activist, advocate and friend to those of us who were fortunate enough to know him and work with him. Eric died of a heart attack.
Ringold Alley Closed in late Spring after serving San Diego's Leather community for about five years.
Terry Marshall, a longtime member of the Rochester Rams Motorcycle Club passed away suddenly due to a brain aneurism on May 13.
It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news about the passing of a member of the IML Family. Ramon (Ray Ray) Thomas passed away late in the afternoon of June 26th after a very brief illness in Palm Springs, CA. He was 50 years old. Ray Ray’s involvement with IML went back to the very first weekend in 1979. He was a longtime member of the Chicago Leather community and a member of what has come to be called “The Chicago Leather Family.” He was very active with the 12 Step Recovery community and helped many newly sober Leatherfolk to understand they could have a life in Leather and recovery.
The Leather community was saddened by the news that the Denver Triangle closed its doors for good on or about September 25.

 

2005

September 30, 2005

2005

The Leather Journal

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, the longest running gay organization in the world celebrated its milestone 50th Anniversary at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday night, November 27 with 330 in attendance. A photo of the club taken by Dave Rhodes appears on the front cover of Issue #178.

Barney Hickey of Vancouver, BC wrote a feature stating that Leather men and women in the United States may be interested to know that there is a very vibrant and thriving Leather scene in Canada.

The Centaur Motorcycle Club held another successful Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC the weekend of January 14-16 with a series of events including the huge Leather Cocktails on Saturday night and the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2005 Contest on Sunday afternoon won by Mr. Double L Leather 2004 Steve Ranger who is on the front cover of Issue #179 along with Centaur Motorcycle Club president Glenn Mlaker seen lighting a traditional candle during the installation of club officers during Leather Cocktails.

It was announced that International Mr. Leather would be held at Chicago's Navy Pier in May. Mike Russell covered the Sun Bears Weekend in San Diego that was held January 14-16.

Some 32 honors were bestowed upon deserving individuals, clubs, organizations and business at the Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago on Saturday afternoon, February 19. Award winners Alex Wisniowski, Rick Storer and Lady Dawn appeared on the front cover of Issue #180 as did the DC Boys of Leather. Coverage featured the Awards Show, Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather, the Cell Block Caliber Leatherman 2005 Contest and the burning of the Leather Archives and Museum mortgage.

South Plains Leather Fest held in Dallas, TX the weekend of February 25-27 was a main feature in Issue #181. The main events were the International Master and slave 2005 Master Stephen and slave catherine were on the cover along with a photo of the Dean Walradt memorial quilt and Avatar Club Los Angeles which was named Club of the Year at the Southland Honors in March as part of LA Leather Pride Week.

The Leather Leadership Conference IX held in Phoenix, AZ in April was a lead story in Issue #182. On the cover is a photo of LLC IX organizers taken by Dave Rhodes and a shot of the American Brotherhood 2005 titleholders by Marcus Hernandez. The May Issue included a short bio and photo of about 50 of the men competing for IML 2005.

Issue #183 saw the IML winners led by Michael Egdes and CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) organizers on the cover. Both events were covered in detail

There was plenty of gay ans lesbian pride celebrations across North America. Daddy Mick and his boys were on the cover of Issue #184. Also on the cover were Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2004 Remi Collette with MLT president Peter Theodoropoulos presenting the check to Gordon Davies and Mark Lehman, members of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives on June 18 in Toronto, Canada. That photo was by Tom Polarbear.

International Ms Leather 2005 Jessi Holman Ahart and International Ms Boot Black 2005 Suka Malone were on the cover of Issue #185 American Leatherman 2005 Blackkat's crowd attending Scorcher made the cover, as did the 15th Annual International Deaf Leather Contest winners. The contest was held in Washington, DC.

The cover of Issue #186 featured the Ms World Leather 2005 winners, huns from the Dore Alley Fair in San Francisco and an article on Barbara Nitke's lawsuit.

Coverage of the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans' Leather community was the lead story in Issue #187. A photo of IML 2005 Michael Egdes and his two lovers graced the cover as did a photo of California B&B Corps members at their Roll Call held during San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair weekend.

Avatar installed new officers in October. Past president Larry Burden and incoming president Bert Simon were on the cover of Issue #188. Joining them were the International Leather Sir/boy/Boot Black 2005 titleholders. Mike Zuhl performed a public "covering ceremony" during his contest weekend, honoring Lou Molnar with a cover in Atlanta, GA.

Dave Rhodes' Editorial titled The Guard received plenty of feedback, mostly positive. The writing was done after Dave witnessed the covering ceremony, something he's never even heard of, let alone seen, before Mike Zuhl's presentation.

Members of Mama's Family attending Palm Springs Leather Pride hosted by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert in November was the cover photo for Issue #189.

The Folsom Street Fair, Dore Alley Fair and Castro Street Fair figures were announced and the total of funds raised was immense as usual. A list of the 492 nominees for Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards appeared in the December Issue as did Dave Rhodes' Annual Christmas List.

Clubs

 

On January 1 the Chicago Hellfire Club celebrated the New Year with demos and a beer bust at the Cell Block Chicago. The demos were also used to not only to educate the crowd about the Chicago Hellfire Club and SM play but club members also used them to inaugurate their returning president Ken Jacobsen, Jr. with candles and cigars, followed by a good dousing.

The women of FIST held their Annual Women's Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend on Friday, January 14 at The Crucible at 9 PM in Washington, DC and it was hosted by Glenda Rider.

The Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC) held their 11th Annual Leather Elegance at Elio's Restaurant and Banquets. in San Leandro, CA. The special evening was a benefit for the Eldridge Elementary Science Program.

The Washington, DC Chapter of Masters and slaves Together (MAsT) hosted its traditional reception for Masters and slaves attending Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend on Saturday, January 15 at Titan bar.

On Friday night, February 11, a new group, known as PerverCity, presented Bondage and Bonbons at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, CA.

A new club for Arizona Leathermen announced its formation The Arizona Men of Leather (AML) officially formed after a series of gatherings of like-minded members of the Phoenix Leather community at the Padlock Levi/Leather bar.

The Los Angeles boys of Leather presented their Fourth Annual Charity boy auction on Friday February 4 at Gauntlet II.

LIFE Detroit held its first Detroit Area Rough and Kinkfest (DARK) Weekend February 4-6.

Robert Napolitano and Walt Weiss presented Love For Sale on Saturday, February 5 at the Eagle in New York, NY to benefit Teens Prepared For Life (TPL), a nonprofit GLBT teen and youth counseling organization.

Avatar Club LA celebrated its 22nd anniversary with a dinner at Louise's Trattoria in Los Angeles' Los Feliz District on February 5.

The Menamore Leather/Levi Club of Wilmington, NC hosted Lion's Pride XVI: Waikinky Beach the weekend of March 4-6. Presenters included founder of PEP Atlanta Lady D, International Master and slave 2004 Master Z and slaveboy tony, Colin, Master Tom and slave Linda and International Ms Leather 1996 Jill Carter, Ms World Leather 2004 Pandora.

Jerry Meis was installed as the new president of the New Orleans Bears. Taking over as veep was Danny Lecompte and Tibby was elected lieutenant. Reelected to their posts were Ken Gue, secretary, Mr. Gay Pride and Amon Ra's Mr. America; George Tresch, treasurer, vice president of the Krewe of Amon Ra; and Wally Sherwood.

The Palm Springs boys of Leather named new officers and they were president Henry Jordan and vice president Jeff Hunter.

The Vancouver Men in Leather just celebrated their First Anniversary and AGM at the end of January.

The New York Renegades and the Chicago Hellfire Club cohosted a bar night at the 9th Avenue Saloon in New York, NY on March 12.

The Northeast Florida Leather Council was a new community organization designed to be a clearinghouse of information in regards to community event information in Jacksonville, FL and surrounding Leather community organizations and clubs to become members of the council.

The NJ Chapter of AVER (American Veterans for Equal Rights), founded by Ms NJ Leather 2005 Pup and Mid Atlantic Bootblack 2005 boi robi hosted a charity Military Ball at Paradise in Asbury Park, NJ on March 20.

The Lords of Leather, the only Leather-oriented Mardi Gras krewe, celebrated carnival season with their Bal Masque XXII on Sunday, February 6. The audience was taken on an exciting journey of the remembrance of life's Great Expectations as the theme. Lord Timm Holt served as Ball Captain for the second year.

For the second consecutive year, the Washington, DC Chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club raised $10,000 during 2004 and gave it back to several DC area charities as part of the celebration of their 13th Anniversary.

Two of South Florida's oldest Levi Leather clubs for men, the Key West Wreckers and Fort Lauderdale's Saber Leather Club, joined forces to present Brothers In the Woods, a weekend run, March 25-27 at the Sawmill Campground.

The Philadelphians MC recently commemorated their 30th Anniversary with a weekend-long celebration that drew Leatherfolk from across the Mid Atlantic region to the City of Brotherly Love. During their entire 30 year history the Philadelphians MC have been avid fundraisers and staunch supporters of a variety of local charities.

Dave Rhodes, an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and The 15 Association, presented his first demo as a top for THOR in Buena Park, CA on Monday night, January 24. The February 28 demo was on fisting and was presented by Joe Becerra.

Avatar Club Los Angeles feted its 23rd Anniversary at Louise's Trattoria in the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles on Saturday night, February 5.

750 Cigar Studs, Pipe Studs, Bikers, Leathermen, Bears and admirers descended upon the Alexis Resort Suites in Las Vegas. NV the weekend of March 31 - April 2 for Smokeout 2005.

The Pocono Warriors presented their Mosbacher Brotherhood Award to Centaur MC of Washington, DC during their 27th anniversary celebration in Philadelphia in February.

The 15 Association of San Francisco celebrated its 25th Anniversary in style with a formal dinner, two play parties and a buffet dinner the weekend of February 25-27.

The Atons of Minneapolis held their Officers Installation Banquet on March 12 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown St. Paul, MN. Officers installed were president Bruce Chambers, vice president Andrew Bertke, secretary Kelly Herridge and treasurer Paul Rozendaal. Also installed were new members Bernard Sherman and Mark Ludwig, and new honorary associates Brian Preston, David Page and Steve Lenius. The Friend of the Atons honor was awarded to David Coral and Bobby Smith.

The Atlanta Cigar Guys made a road trip to Augusta, GA the weekend of April 8-9 for a Parliament House weekend.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans, a Los Angeles uniform club currently celebrating it's 30th year, held its annual Spring Maneuvers the weekend of April 22-24, at various locations around the Los Angeles area.

The Kansas City Boys Of Leather recently announced the names of their new officers. The new officers were president boy alex wright, vice president, boy christopher, secretary boy tyler, treasurer boy jay and pledge mentor boy harley.

On Saturday, May 7, the Leather Archives and Museum opened the Uniforms Gallery which exhibited uniforms along with media and artifacts related to uniforms.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Spring Maneuvers at several venues in Los Angeles the weekend of April 22-24.

San Diego boys of Leather hosted Boyfest 2005 the weekend of May 6-8 and it was the club's Fifth Anniversary.

The Fourth Annual Southern California Leather Gathering (SCLG) took place on Saturday, June 4 at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, CA.

The Phoenix Uniform Club's Uniform and Leather Ball was held in the Green Room of the War Memorial Building in San Francisco, CA where Gail Wilson and City Swing entertained.

LIFE Detroit (Leather Institute for Education) held its Third Anniversary Party on Saturday, July 9 at Diamond Jim's Saloon in Detroit, MI.

Black BEAT '05: It's Your Thang 70s weekend- BDSM Style was held in in Maryland August 19-21. Presenters included Goddess Lakshimi, Jamal, Mauro Montoya, Terrell Brown, Mufasa, Lady Cocoa, Lady D, Sweet Limey, Kent Arnwolt, Mistress Max Rulz, Blackkat and others.

The weekend of April 29 - May 1 saw a gathering of Leatherfolk from across the country converge on Oklahoma City for Tribal Fire 2004: Hotter Than Hell and the debut of the Great Plains Olympus Leather Contest.

Henry Jordan, in his capacity as president of the Palm Springs Boys Of Leather, produced an event on Saturday, April 30, called Fisting for Prizes. About $250 was raised. Money raised by the Palm Springs Boy Of Leather would be distributed to charities at the end of the year.

The members of Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club led the Las Vegas, NV pride parade on Friday, May 27. The club and supporting riders met at the Buffalo before descending upon the parade organizing area. The parade was held at night to avoid the desert heat.

The Warriors produced a benefit at Gauntlet II on Sunday, June 5 to raise money for the Warriors road captain Greg Glander who was injured while leading a group of riders on an AIDS Benefit Ride in early April.

Avatar presented Dreams of the Marquis de Sade at the Faultline on Saturday, June 11.

Pacific Coast MC of Los Angeles, CA hosted their annual Black Mountain run the weekend of July 21-24 in the mountains east of Los Angeles, CA.

On the morning of Monday, June 27, a fire struck the Iron Eagles' home bar, the 540 Eagle, in Canton, OH, and it was a total loss. Lost in the fire was the complete seven-year history of The Iron Eagles - the club's colors, their many trophies and awards, and archives, along with the Colors presented to both The Iron Eagles and The 540 Eagle from other Clubs.

The 15 Association of San Francisco, CA held its Boot Camp XVII Weekend at Saratoga Springs in Lake County about 125 miles north of San Francisco from June 9-12. About 75 Leathermen from all over the United States, mostly from California, took part in the BDSM play.

Avatar Club LA brought to life the Marquis de Sade's Saturday, June 11, saw various BDSM scenes not allowed to be performed in public, projected onto 25 foot high walls. In addition, the 350 plus attendees witnessed demented BDSM scenes performed on the Faultline patio stage. A portion of the $2,500 raised were donated to the LA Leather Coalition.

The New York Renegades held their 13th Annual Run at the Oneida Camp and Lodge in north eastern Pennsylvania.

The Palm Springs Boys of Leather produced a fundraiser at the Barracks in early June that netted more than $1,100 for the Service Members Legal Defense Fund.

In June Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA), an outreach program at the Center Orange County in Garden Grove, CA, celebrated 14 years of Leather outreach and education.

PLAY (People in Leather Among You), a Leather group that is part of MCC: LA and the Lair de Sade presented a two-part series titled Sado Mystery Journey and Leather Shamanics in July.

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) recognized five local organizations at the May monthly general membership meeting of the club and donated some of the proceeds from Palm Springs Leather Pride 2004 totaling $5,000. Donations in the amount of $1,000 were donated to The Desert Pride Community Center, Gay Associated Youth, AIDS Assistance Program, Desert AIDS Project and The Ranch Recovery Center.

Stars and Stripes 2005 in its third year, produced by the Los Angeles Boys of Leather over July Fourth Weekend found the boys basing out of the host Coast Hotel in Long Beach. On Saturday afternoon Avatar Club of Los Angeles president Dr. Larry Burden hosted a barbecue buffet prepared by chefs Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2005 Cody and American Leatherman 2001 Jeffery Cooper at his Hollywood hills home.

The Dallas Boys of Leather announced the election of their new officers following their July 5 meeting. They were president- boy ed, vice president boy stallion, secretary-boy d., treasurer lady gold and webmaster Lynn.

The Rochester Rams held their 30th Anniversary, Run XXX in July. There were about 150 men who partied all weekend long.

Scott Bloom's Original Pride, a full-length documentary about the Satyrs Motorcycle Club, was selected to play at Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on Saturday, July 16 at 7 PM at the Director's Guild Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

A Back to School Fetish Karnival and Social benefited the children of St. Therese Center on Saturday, July 16 at Good Times in Las Vegas, NV. The Fetish Karnival fundraiser will be for children who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Pacific Coast MC of Los Angeles and guests rendezvoused on Black Mountain the weekend of July 21-24. This was a pioneer-style run; BYO vittles, drinks, gear, good humor and sense of fun.

On Friday July 22, Gauntlet II and Bears Ventura hosted a Christmas In July toy drive to benefit the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

The largest Leather vendor fair, the Fetish Fair Fleamarket, took place at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, MA on Saturday, August 6.

Rodeo Riders Chicago celebrated their 30th Anniversary with The Antique Rodeo Run the weekend of August 5-7 in Chicago, IL.

The Wichita Organization Of Leather Fetishes (WOOLF) presented Kansas Leather Pride the weekend of August 19-21 in Wichita, KS. On Saturday there were six classes by WOOLF University including boy and girl workshop, puppy play, Big things come in Big packages, Abuse vs BDSM, all tied up and a surprise to round out the curriculum.

The California Cyclemen Motorcycle Club of San Diego, CA held their Desert Heat 2005 bike run to Palm Springs the weekend of October 14-17.

The New York Panthers Leather Club held their inaugural run in Asbury Park, NJ during the weekend of August 5-7. Party Down the Shore was a benefit for NCSF and raised over $1,000.

Leathermen from across the Midwest gathered for the Fourth annual Leather In The Woods sponsored by The St. Louis Committee and The Kansas City Leather University over the weekend of August 12-14 at Cactus Canyon Campground, a private membership, clothing optional campground located in the Ozarks near Ava, MO.

The Knights of Leather of Minneapolis, MN celebrated their milestone 20th Anniversary with a beer bust at the Minneapolis Eagle on Thursday night, August 18 and a fantasy and demo night at the Bolt Underground on Friday night, August 19.

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) held a pancake breakfast at MCC in the Valley to benefit the Los Angeles Leather Coalition and about $1,600 was raised.

What began in Phoenix last year, as a weekend retreat for Leatherboys became an annual event in August as the San Diego boys of Leather hosted the Second Annual Western Boy Run.

On September 3 the Chicago Leather Club held its first Back To School Dash. The sold out one-day run featured presentations from community educators on diabetes in the scene, building dungeon furniture and Leather history. Back To School Dash also included a lunch barbeque at Touche' and a homemade pasta bar dinner at Man's Country. The evening was topped off with an erotic hypnotist and an open bar at the Chicago Eagle.

The Queer Biker Invasion of Death Valley, CA ride from San Francisco was held October 8-10.

THOR (Trust, Honor, Order, Respect) of Orange County, CA held their first Top auction at Pistons in Long Beach on Saturday night, October 14.

The Los Angeles boys of Leather were able to present a donation in the amount of $1,500 to the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, as well as a $1,500 donation to the Los Angeles based Project Angel Food. In addition, the LA boys donated approximately $600 raised from volunteering at Los Angeles Pride to the World Rainbow Fund, in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Avatar Club Los Angeles installed its officers on Sunday, October 9 at Taix French Restaurant in Los Angeles followed by a celebration afterwards at the Gauntlet II. Approximately 115 Leatherfolk attended. The new officers are: president Bert Simon, vice president Alexei Romanoff, secretary Lawrence Burden, and treasurer Carlos Deviez. Members of the board at large were Mike Van Horn, Don W., Jim P.

A new organization named the San Francisco girls of Leather (SFgoL) was open to Leather girls, people whose primary self-identity was a girl. SFgoL defines the term Leather girl as openly as possible.

The freaks were out early in Center City Philadelphia, as two nights in advance of All Hallows Eve, Mr. and Ms Philadelphia Leather 2005, Bill Hawk and dawn marie, produced and hosted Philadelphia's semiannual Kinky Karnival on Saturday, October 29 at The Bike Stop.

November 4-6 saw Leather folk from California, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Kansas converge on Wichita, KS for the first Leather Camp hosted by WOOLF (Wichita Organization Of Leather Fetishes). Leather Camp was a contest and run weekend.

Keep the Heart Warm collected 1,056 various items of winter clothing and blankets, jackets, sweaters, blankets. This drive is held every year, starting in October and going until early November by AVA Lifestyles in Palmdale/Lancaster, CA. Many organizations were involved holding drives for AVALifestyles including the LA Boys of Leather, LALC, Santa Clarita Valley Munch, Alliance Antelope Valley College, Bakersfield BDSM and individuals from throughout Southern California.

On November 10 the New York boys of Leather was formed by five founding members.

The Nevada Women of Leather presented A Day of Demos and Debauchery III, featuring Karen "Ultra Domme" Wilbur and Robert Lowery of Tampa Fetish of Florida on Saturday, November 12 at the Gay and Lesbian Center in Las Vegas, NV.

The City of Brotherly Love (a.k.a. The City That Loves You Back) played host to Tri-Cen XVII, the traditional New Year's run held by the Philadelphians MC from December 30 through January 2. The theme of Tri-Cen XVII was That 80s Run.

The Chicago Hellfire Club, a brotherhood of men who share interests in gay male BDSM voted at their Monday, November 14 meeting to support a group of charities that support the gay, Leather/SM/Fetish communities with donations totaling over $6,000 for the Leather Archives and Museum, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Lambda GLBT Community Services, The 15 Association of San Francisco's Sorrell Fund, GMS/MA's Hocutt-Ferguson Fund, and the Chicago MAFIA's Windhorse Fund.

On Saturday, November 19 at the Most Holy Redeemer Community Room in the Castro, the Golden Gate Guards celebrated their 19th Anniversary. Club president Warren Williams hosted the evening. The Golden Gate Guards donated more than $8,000 to such organizations as the AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF), the Rainbow World Fund, Project Open Hand, Stop AIDS Project and Sunburst Projects. James "Hobbit" Harring presented Jack Goodall the 2005 Road Captain's Award and Warren presented Riley Fitzgerald and Jack Folchi the President's Award.

The Fourth Annual Leather SINS Holiday Fetish Fair and Marketplace took place Sunday, November 27 at the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood, IL with over 100 vendors.

Henry Jordan was reelected president of the Palm Springs boys Of Leather in early December. Filling his staff will be vice president Jeff Hunter, secretary Jim "Jimbo" Thompson and fittingly by name is treasurer Ed Money.

The Ottawa Knights hosted its 25th Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser at Centertown Pub in Ottawa, Canada on Saturday, December 10. 940 toys were collected and a whopping $2,220 in cash donations was received for the Children's Aid Society of Lanark County and were distributed to the children and their families in the Perth, Smith Falls Region.

Avatar Club Los Angeles held its annual Wreath Auction at Gauntlet II on Saturday night, December 10 and saw approximately $1,800 raised for Metropolitan Community Church in the Valley which hosts Avatar's monthly meetings.

The full members elected the 2006 officers for the Chicago Hellfire Club and they were president David I., vice president Jack R., secretary David K., treasurer Tom C. program director Bob C., and coordinator Brent McG.

The KC Pioneers divided $3,778 equally between the gay and lesbian Leather lifestyle and bear clubs that have been grievously affected by hurricane Katrina. The clubs included the Lords of Leather, Crescent City Outlaws, Knights d'Orleans, Cavaliers Motorcycle Club, New Orleans Bear/Bear Trapper Social Club and MasT: New Orleans.

The Defenders of Dignity Leather Levi Club: Philadelphia Chapter successfully ran the Holiday Jollies Toy Drive at the Bike Stop in Philadelphia, PA. The Christmas gifts were distributed at St. Mary's Respite, which assists families with HIV/AIDS.

The Atons of Minneapolis held their 33rd Annual Holiday Fundraiser on Sunday, December 11 at The Saloon.

The Enforcers RI hosted their Second Annual Toy Drive at the Alley Bar in Boston, MA on Saturday December 17.

 

Leather Titles

The Centaur Motorcycle Club held another successful Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC the weekend of January 14-16. The Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2005 Contest on Sunday afternoon won by Mr. Double L Leather 2004 Steve Ranger at the Almas Temple near Thomas Circle.

Cody Haugland won the Gauntlet II Mr. Leather 2005 title on Saturday night, January 8 and was the first contestant of nine who would compete for Mr. LA Leather 2005.

Richard Denton became Mr. LA Leather Bear at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night, January 22 in front of a packed bar patio audience.

Craig Anderson was named Mr. Detroit Eagle 2005 on Saturday, November 13.

The new Mr. Rubclub 2005 is Michael Schneider. He won his title on December 25 and he is 25 years old, born in Taiwan and living in Germany.

The Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2005 Contest at the Chicago Eagle on Sunday night, February 20 was won by Lady Caro and Freddie Marshall.

The Last Frontier Men's Club chose their 2005 titleholders at the 12th Annual Black and Blue Ball held January 29 during their Arctic Heat Weekend at Mad Myrna's in Anchorage, AK. The winners were Mr. Alaska Leather Mark Plimpton, Mr. Bear Alaska Doug "Horse" Veit, Mr. Alaska Levi Brady Hollifield and Alaska Bear Cub C.J. Willoya.

On Sunday evening, January 23, Angel Rodriguez was named Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2005.

B&B Corps member Ruben Martinez was added to the list of contestants for the Mr. LA Leather 2005 title when he won the Mr. Faultline Leather 2005 Contest at the Faultline on Saturday night, January 29 in Los Angeles, CA.

Mitch Shulte became Mr. Padlock Leather 2005 at the Sixth Annual contest, held at the Padlock the weekend of January 28-30 in Phoenix, AZ.

Jeff Willoughby, Chicago native and member of the Onyx Club was chosen Mr. Chicago Leather 2005 on Saturday night, January 29 at Touche' before a packed house that saw five men competing for the title.

February 4-5, marked the dates for the 2005 Heart of America Leather Weekend in Kansas City where, in a packed house at the DB Warehouse, Ryan Setzkorn, from Tulsa, OK, was awarded the title of Heart of America Leatherboy 2005 from a field of four contestants. The contest producers offered Dale Rush the 2005 title to carry for an additional year.

AJ was named Ms Colorado Leather on Saturday night, January 29 in Denver, CO. Four women competed.

Mr. Sister Leather 2005 was John Stafford II who won his title at Gauntlet II on Saturday night, February 5 and the opportunity to compete as one of the LA Nine in the Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2005 Contest.

Boy Gio from Burbank, CA was voted tops of five men and thus became Mr. Bullet Leather 2005 on Saturday night, February 12 at the Bullet in North Hollywood.

On Saturday, February 19 almost 500 men filled the Hoist club in South London, England to watch Richard Soulsby win the Mr. Hoist contest. 15 men entered the contest, which was hosted by DJ Unkut Kurt and IML 2003 John Pendal.

Ronald Nieves was chosen to be Mr. Ashram West Leather 2005 at the Faultline on Saturday night, February 26.

Cody Haugland won the Mr. LA Leather 2005 Contest on Saturday night, March 19 at the El Rey Theater in front of 750 cheering spectators.

The 13th Annual Washington State Leather Pride Week saw over 60 events in 11 cities around the state including the Washington State Mr. and Ms Leather 2005 Contest won by Rusty Jones and Shelley Denton at The Cuff Complex during their 12th Anniversary Celebration in mid-March.

Tom Roshka was chosen to be Mr. Leather Colorado 2005 on February 12 in Denver. Four men vied for the title.

When the scores were counted Sir Duc Emanuel and Boy Beetle McCartney emerged as Maryland's 2005 Leather Sir and Leatherboy at the Hippo in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, March 12.

On Sunday, March 20 over 100 Leatherfolk saw the following men win titles: Florida Leather Sir 2005 Miles of Daddy's Closet, Florida Leatherboy 2005 Bronte of the Ramrod and Florida Community Bootblack 2005 Jose Avile of the Ramrod.

The Central California Leather Family presented Villains Payback, the dark side of revenge against the heroes by the villains you love to hate, plus some newly created evil at The Circle in Fresno, CA.

Keith Richardson won the Mr. Missouri Leather 2005 Contest at JJ’s Clubhouse in St. Louis, MO on Saturday night March 5 in front of 350 onlookers.

Mr. Ringold Alley 2005 Mike "Dutch" Curtis was named Mr. San Diego Leather 2005 at the Center in San Diego on Saturday night, March 13.

International Mr. Bear 2005 was Harvey Mallory, Mr. International Daddy Bear was Mischa Kitain, Mr. International Grizzly Bear was David Nigro and International Cub was Manny Diaz at International Bear Rendezvous in San Francisco, CA.

A crowd stood and cheered on Sunday evening, April 17, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Washington, DC, as the newest members of the American Leather Family were announced: American Leatherman 2005 Blackkat, American Leatherwoman 2005 Amanda "Pup" Farrell, American Leatherboy 2005 Ryan Setzkorn and American Leathergirl 2005 girl Kim.

The Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas (LUC) hosted the Sin City Leather 2005 contest on Saturday, April 2 at the Las Vegas Eagle during Smokeout 2005. slave shadow was named Mr. Sin City Leather 2005 and suitpup was chosen to be Sin City Leatherboy.

April 1-3, Portland, OR was the site of Leather Sash Bash weekend, and was sponsored by Mr. and Ms. Oregon State Leather 2004 Andy Mangels and Theresa "Darklady" Reed and produced by Blackout Leather Productions.

The weekend of April 8-9 the first Mr. Midwest Leather Contest was held at One Flite Up in Dubuque, IA and the winner was Wes Kassulke from St. Louis. MO.

Indiana Leather Sir Troy Creek from New Castle, IN, Indiana Ms Leather Beth Roberts from Indianapolis, IN and Indiana Leatherboy Brent from Evansville, IN were chosen Saturday, April 16 at the 501 Eagle Tavern in Indianapolis.

On the weekend of April 8-10 STARS MC of Albany, NY hosted their 11th Annual Leather Pride Weekend and Mr. Empire State Leather 2005 was Jim Baleno and the first Mr. Empire State Leatherboy was boi shannon.

April 22-24 saw the premier of Snugglefest 2005, hosted by Cubs Club Of California, a social/spiritual service club for cubs and their admirers. California Cub 2005 was Jeff Redondo and California Grizzly 2005 was Everardo Aguilar.

Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather 2004 was Terrell Brown and Ms Great Plains Olympus Leather 2004 was Win Ives.

Mike Kelly became Sacramento Leather Sir 2005 and Darryl Strohl was chosen Sacramento Leatherboy 2005 at Club 21 during the weekend of May 6-8.

San Diego Leather Daddy 2005 was Don Cherkis and San Diego Leatherboy 2005 was boy is boy joe croteau. They won their titles in a contest sponsored by the San Diego boys of Leather on May 7 at the Hole in San Diego.

On Sunday, May 15 Mr. New Jersey Leather 2005 Tom Meade held a fundraiser at Paradise Nightclub in Asbury Park to benefit PFLAG and all the great work they do to help support families. Aside from the host of titleholders in attendance, their was a fabulous Drag Show, a buffet and a silent auction that raised approximately $1,400.

Mr. and Ms Vancouver Leather 2005 was Chris Edmunds and Anna Judge. The contest was held May 21 at Numbers bar in Vancouver, BC. Five contestants, three men and two women competed.

Mr. Ramrod Leather 2005 Michael Egdes was chosen International Mr. Leather 2005 International Mr. Leather 2005 title at the Navy Pier in Chicago on Sunday night, May 29 over Memorial Day Weekend. First runner-up was Mr. San Francisco Leather Dodger Allen and the second runner-up was Mr. Louisiana Leather 2004 Dr. Alan Bowers. 52 men competed. International Mr. Boot Black 2005 was Arthur "Boo Boo" Funni from Chicago, IL.

June 2-5 brought people from all over the Midwest and further for the Second Annual Gathering of the Clans host by the Oklahoma City Cavebears. Mr. Oklahoma Bear 2005 was Jason Pelke and Oklahoma Cub was 2005 Jeramy Rhodes.

Northern Chaps, Edmonton's original Leather/Fetish/Uniform club, announced that Max Graham won the Mr. Edmonton Leather 2005 title in early June.

It was standing room only on Saturday, June 11 at the Black Eagle in Toronto as Todd Sweet became Eastern Canada Leather Sir and Andrew MacDonald was named Leatherboy. Four contestants vied for the Eastern Canada regional titles.

On Friday night, June 17Â at the NYC Eagle Master Jeff, from Oxford, MA was chosen North East Leather Sir 200 and boy alex from Parlin, NJ became New North East Leather boy 2005.

Don Hilton was selected to be Southwest Leather Sir and Jim MacAvoy Southwest Leatherboy over the weekend of June 17-19 during the first Southwest Leather Pride weekend in Phoenix, AZ.

To coincide with the Capital Pride celebration in early June, a newly created Mr. Capital Pride Leather title was unveiled at the DC Eagle with Tsar Agus winning the inaugural sash.

The Moncton Leather Chapter (MLC) kicked off Moncton Pride Week and held the Fifth Annual Mr. Leather Moncton 2005 Contest which was won by Art Vautour Toole on Sunday, June 12. The first Ms Leather Moncton Contest saw Cecile Ouellette win the first title.

On Sunday, June 19, Fathers Day, Dawn "Shameless" Perna was chosen to be 2005 Daddy of Montrose in Houston, TX.

The Knights d' Orleans announced that Jim Thompson of New Iberia and Diane Foto of Metairie are Mr. and Ms. Knight for 2005.

Jessi Holman Ahart was named International Ms Leather 2005 and Suka Malone collected enough ballots from IMsL 2005 registrants to become International Ms Boot Black 2005 at The Max in Omaha, NE on Saturday night, July 16 in front of about 125 cheering spectators.
The 15th Annual International Deaf Leather Contest was held in conjunction with the International Deaf Bear Contest at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC on July 21 and the following were the winners: International Ms Deaf Leather Crystal Cisk, International Mr. Deaf Leather Michael Ratzlaff, International Deaf Leatherboy boy alex, International Mr. Deaf Grizzly Rob Shanahan, International Mr. Deaf Bear Eric Madigan and International Mr. Deaf Cub Roger Robb. The Capitol Metropolitan Rainbow Alliance was the local host for the conference.

Mr. Southern California Cub 2005 was Wil Trevizo and Mr. Southern California Bear 2005 was Steve Dawson at Bearquake 5.0 hosted by Bears LA on Sunday night, July 3 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles in front of about 200.

The Northwest Leather Sir regionals were held in Seatle, WA and they were Michael Congdon as the Leather Sir, Enrique Nava as Washington Leatherboy and Chez Sanchez as Washington Community Boot Black.

DCI Productions, producers of the International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest, announced that Sacramento Leather Sir 2005 Mike Kelly and Sacramento Leatherboy 2005 Darryl Strohl were appointed Northern California Leather Sir 2005 and Northern California Leatherboy 2005 respectively.

Northeast Leather Sir 2005 was Sir Jeff from the state of Massachusetts and Northeast Leatherboy 2005 was boy Alex, from New York, NY.

Maryland Leather Sir 2005 Duc Emmanuel Nixon and Maryland Leatherboy 2005 beetle were appointed as Mid-Atlantic Leather Sir and Leatherboy for 2005 on Saturday, July 9 during a public ceremony at Club Phoenix in Baltimore, MD.

Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather 2005 were Frank Parigi and Lee Bond. They won their titles at the Hill and Valley Club in Hayward on Saturday night, July 23 in a contest produced by the Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC.)

The Harbor Room in Milwaukee, WI celebrated its Fifth Anniversary the weekend of July 22-24 and held the Mr. Harbor Room 2006 Contest which was won by Glenn Mess.

Peter Barbosa bested two other men to become Mr. Edge Leather 2005 at the Edge Bar on Thursday night, July 28 just before the Dore Alley Street Fair. The contest was a was a benefit for Positive Resource Center.

Richard Sprott, a member of The 15 Association and past director of the Leathermen's Discussion Group was named San Francisco Leather Daddy XXII at the Eagle Tavern in San Francisco, CA on Friday night, July 29 in front of at least 250 Leatherfolk ranging from Seattle to Florida.

The San Diego Mr. Deaf Leather Contest held at The Hole in San Diego, CA on Friday, July 29 saw Nick Hairapetian from San Diego become the winner.

Jesse Duran of San Diego, CA was chosen to be Southern California Leather Woman 2005 by balloting by the audience of nearly 200 Leatherfolk instead of being selected by a panel of judges on Saturday night, August 6 at the Passive Arts Studio near LAX in Los Angeles, CA.

Mr. Las Vegas Leather 2006 was Joshua Montgomery and Las Vegas Leatherboy 2006 was pup eric. The event on August 6 was able to raise $797 for Santa Saturday West.

Mr. Marigny Leather V was Matt McShee from the Bywater in New Orleans, LA and Ms Marigny Leather V was Ursuline Burgundy of the Marigny district in New Orleans in a contest held at the Phoenix in New Orleans on Sunday, August 7.Sean Kline was selected to be Mr. Hayes Valley Leather at Marlena's in San Francisco, CA on Saturday night, August 7.

The Ninth Annual Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather titles were won by Oregon native Jeff Landis and community activist and show person Lynnda Hale.

The Woods Campground in Lehighton, PA, held its first Mr. and Ms Woods Leather Competition on Saturday, August 13 with slavepup dawn of Allentown, PA taking the Ms title while CJ Smith of Dillsburg, PA nabbed the Mr. sash.

Paul Valdez was named Southern California Leatherboy 2005 at the Barracks in Palm Springs on Saturday night, August 13.

After being postponed from its originally scheduled date in July, the Second Annual Canada Leather Contest was held in Toronto the weekend of August 19-21. The new Canadian Leather Family consisted of Canadian Leather Woman 2005 Sharman Potechin and Canadian Leather Man 2005 Shawn Carroll, both of Ottawa, Ontario.

Richie Chameroy won the Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2005 title in San Francisco on Saturday night, August 20, besting three other men.

Alan Stroik was tops among three men in the first Gauntlet II Rubberman Contest, held at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles on Saturday night, August 20 in front of about 150 Rubber fetishists who mostly showed up in rubber.

Thomas "Keckler" Lewis was chosen Mr. Boston Leather 2006 on Saturday, August 20 at the Ramrod in Boston, MA. First runner-up was Gregg Costa and second runner-up was runner Alan Chiras.

Peter Loomans succeeded Stephen Seefeldt as Mr. Northwoods at the Castaways/Argonauts joint run in Hilbert, WI on August 20.

One of the highlights of Ottawa Leather Fest 2005 on Friday, August 26 was the introduction of Mr. and Ms Ontario Olympus Leather 2005 Alex Wisniowski and Janice Michaud. The contest was part of a huge weekend that included workshops, seminars, a boat cruise and a buffet.

Before a standing room only crowd at Timberline Spirits in Seattle, WA on Saturday night, August 27, Michael Congdon of Seattle and James Hall of Portland, OR were chosen Northwest Leather Sir and Northwest Leatherboy 2005 from a field of four Sir and four boy contestants. Shawn Finnerty was awarded Northwest Community Boot Black 2005 from a field of three candidates.

Michelle Jackson of San Diego, CA became the fifth woman to win the Ms World Leather title, doing so by besting three others at the Boardwalk Hotel on The Strip in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday afternoon, August 28.

The winners at the Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend, held August 26-28 in Indianapolis, IN were Great Lakes Leather Sir Rob, Great Lakes Leatherboy tiger, Great Lakes Ms Leather Pride Heather, and Great Lakes Bootblack Alex.

Lifted by the cheers of 350 Leatherfolk, Lincoln Calcavecchi won Mr. Gulf Coast Florida Leather 2006 at The Platform in Saint Petersburg, FL.

The first West Coast Rubber Weekend was held in Palm Springs over Labor Day Weekend and the men and activities were hotter than the 110 degree temperatures. The Villa Resort played host to the West Coast Rubber Contest won by Alan Stroik of Redlands, CA.

Mr. Dixie Belle Leather 2006 is Tim Stites who received the needed 70 percent score for a lone contestant. Tim won his title during the weekend of September 9-11 at the DB Warehouse in Kansas City, MO.

On September 17 the Dallas boys of Leather (DBOL) the title of North Texas Leather Sir 2006 was bestowed upon Daddy Richard and the title of North Texas Leatherboy 2006 was bestowed upon boy Wylie.

Donnie Ray of Louisville, KY was chosen as Mr. Kentucky Leather 2005 before a near capacity crowd at Club Liquid in Lexington on September 24.

On Friday, September 30, The Eagle NYC hosted its annual Mr. Eagle NYC 2006 Contest, kicking off a weekend celebration honoring the Eagle's 35th Anniversary in the Big Apple. Christophe Andre' earned the title of Mr. Eagle NYC 2006, in addition to a travel and Leather fund of over $3,000.

The International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest made its first venture outside Florida when in took place at the Downtown Sheraton on Atlanta, GA the weekend of October 6-9 and the winners were: International Leather Sir 2005 Michael Congdon, International Leatherboy 2005 Mike "Stallion" Fry and International Community Boot Black 2005 Shawn Finnerty. The Golden Whip Award, the winner chosen by the Leather Sir contestants, went to Southwest Leatherboy Byron Marlow.

Bernard Stauffer was the best of six contestants and was chosen to be Mr. Barracks Leather 2005 on Saturday night, October 8.

The Mr. Michigan Leather 2005 Contest, celebrating its 10th Anniversary and being held at the Dunes Resort in Douglas, selected its Mr. Michigan 2005 Clif Nash of Grand Rapids.

On October 15 Chris Enright was selected as Mr. Calgary Leather at the Calgary Eagle in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Mr. Tool Shed contest was held on the weekend of October 14-15 in Palm Springs, CA and was won by Luc Benech.

Before a packed house on Saturday, October 8, Joe Boynton of Chicago, IL became Leatherman of Color 2006.

Oklahoma Mr. Leather 2006 was Jim Studdard the weekend of October 14-16 in Tulsa, OK.

Leo Suarez of Cloudcroft and Stacey Wadley of Albuquerque were named Mr. an Ms Rio Grande Leather 2005 titles (formerly Mr. and Ms New Mexico Leather) at the new Sidewinder's Ranch club on Saturday night, October 15, in Albuquerque, NM.

Marc “Y” Burton of Phoenix, AZ won the titleholder of Mr. Atlantic Deaf Leather 2005 at the well-packed Green Lantern during the annual Atlantic Deaf Bear/Leather Festival (ABLF) contest on October 15.

Will Hutchison returned to Fresno, CA for a second try at Mr. Central California Leather and it was successful. He won the title at the Red Lantern on October 22. The contest was sponsored by the Knights of Malta: Yosemite Chapter.

Two women and one man competed for the titles of Mr. and Ms NJ Leather 2006 Contest held at The Circuit in Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday, October 15. Tom Savage of Neptune, New Jersey was able to score in excess of the 70 percent of the mandatory points become Mr. New Jersey Leather 2006.

Together In Leather was held October 21-23 in Charlotte, NC and featured a good number of workshops and presentations by presenters from all over the country. There was only one contestant couple for the South East Master and Slave title was Mistress Susan and slave ziggy.

The Great Lakes Puppy family got bigger on October 22 when pup whimper of Columbus, OH was named Great Lakes Puppy and Bill Christiansen of Oak Brook, IL was chosen Handler 2006 at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL.

The 17th Anniversary of COMMAND MC of Baltimore, MD was held November 4-5 with Jim Cook being announced as Mr. Maryland Leather 2006 at Grand Central.

On Saturday, November 5, Brian "Captain" McCoy became Mr. Pittsburgh Eagle Leather 2006. The Three Rivers Leather Club capped the evening with a donation of $400 to the Leather Archives and Museum.

Tim Woody from Arlington, VA was named Mr. DC Bear and Jake Enger of Eastern Shore, MD became Mr. DC Bearcub 2005 on November 5.

Mr. Rub Club 2005 Michael Schneider from Germany nabbed the Mr. International Rubber 2006 title at the Cell Block in Chicago on Saturday night, November 12 as part of Rubber Blowout Weekend that saw a small vendor fair, parties and other fun. Mr. West Coast Rubber 2005 Alan Stroik was the runner-up. Four men competed.

Mr. Barracks Leather Bernard Stauffer finished tops among four men on Saturday night, November 12 at Heaven nightclub to become M. Palm Springs Leather 2006.

Mario Larochelle became the new Mr. Leather Ottawa at the MLO XXX Show on Saturday, November 12.

Mr. Connecticut Leather 2006 was Mr. David Murphy after being named the winner on Saturday, November 12 at Club 251 in New London, CT.

Courtney "Kiddo" Oldham was chosen to be the first Denver Boot Black on November 18 at the Denver Wrangler in Denver, CO. The Horizon House was the recipient of $3,833, the end result of the licking and buffing of five well-trained bootblacks.

During a 10-day visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina during the month of November, Master Taino participated in the Buenos Aires Leather Pride as a guest of the Buenos Aires Leather Club (BALC). Master Taino presented the workshop Mastery and slavery from the Heart before BALC members on Monday, November 21 at the ABC Theater in the city center of Buenos Aires.

The Philadelphia Lambda Club of the Deaf announced that Mr. Philadelphia Deaf Leather 2006 was James Messineo of New Jersey and Mr. Philadelphia Deaf Cub 2006 was Lenny Stanton, Jr. of Philadelphia. The contest was held on Saturday night, November 19 in Philadelphia, PA.

The DC Eagle in Washington, DC celebrated its 35th Anniversary the week of November 18-24 and among the festivities was the Mr. DC Eagle Leather 2006 Contest which was won by Bennett Long.

On Saturday, November 19 Gary Beras was named Mr. Detroit Eagle.

Mike Snapp was named Mr. Triangle Denver 2006 on Saturday night, November 26 in front a packed Triangle Denver during the celebration of the contest's 10th Anniversary. Saturday night, November 26 saw Carl Bronsdon win the title of Seattle Leather Daddy 2006 and Kirk Ludden become Seattle Daddy's Boy 2006 at The Cuff Complex for the 17th Annual Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy Contest.

Mr. Woody's/Priape Daniel Gagne became Mr. Leatherman Toronto, having won the Canadian title on Saturday night, November 26. Eight contestants vied for the coveted MLT title. Tom Wright was named Mr. Leather Fellowship 2006.

Carl Bronsdon won the title of Seattle Leather Daddy 2006 and Kirk Ludden was chosen Seattle Daddy's Boy 2006 on Saturday night, November 26 at The Cuff Complex during the 17th Annual Seattle Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy Contest.

Raymond McKern became Mr. Padlock Leather 2006 at the Padlock during the first weekend of December in Phoenix, AZ.

News and Politics

South Plains Leather Fest-International Master/slave Weekend was held February 25-27 in Dallas, TX and featured the International Master/slave Contest at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Market Center.

Dark Odyssey: Winter Fire, a journey of sexual exploration for the sex-positive BDSM community was held February 25-27 near Baltimore, MD. Winter Fire included over 50 new hands-on workshops and special events. Workshops presenters included Anton,, Barbara Carrellas, Felice Shays, Helen Boyd, Joe Samson, Kate Bornstein, Nina Hartley, Ms Cynthia, Phantom Master and Fem Car, Raven Kaldera and Joshua Tenpenny, Sarah J, Tristan Taormino and more to be announced soon.

A Taste of Kink took place on Saturday, February 26 at The Crucible in, Washington, DC and was hosted by International Leather Sir 2004 Robert Davis and International Leatherboy 2004 boy ivan. All Proceeds benefited Brother Help Thyself and targeted to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

At Pantheon of Leather in Chicago, IL Great Lakes Leather Alliance founder Ms Kendra from Indianapolis, IN was selected Woman of the Year, longtime writer, fundraiser and Leather activist Wally Sherwood was chosen Man of the Year and LSM (Lesbian Sex Mafia) founder Jo Arnone from New York, NY received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to Michael Horowitz on her behalf.

Brother, Help Thyself (BHT) distributed $91,655.00 in grants for the year 2004 to 27 charitable organizations on Saturday, January 29 in Washington, DC. Five organizations were awarded grants from the BHT Medford Fund totaling $18,309.27 for purchase of equipment needed in their charitable operations.

SINSations In Leather attracted at least 350 Leatherfolk to Chicago, IL the weekend of February 11-13. The weekend included demos and presentations by the likes of International Master and slave 2004 team Master Z and slaveboy tony. International Mr. Leather executive producer Chuck Renslow delivered the keynote address, speaking on strength within the community by building unity.

With a fiery flash and a puff of smoke culminating seven years of intense fundraising, the Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) loudly took ownership of their permanent home on Sunday, February 20. A capacity crowd filling the Etienne Auditorium watched as Leather Archives president and founder Chuck Renslow set afire the paid-off mortgage (actually, a reasonable facsimile.)

Mr. Eagle NYC 2005 Robert Valin and the Eagle NYC hosted their first Love for Sale fundraiser at the NYC Eagle on February 5. Auctioneer Brian Kent and co-presenter Cashetta were astonishing, keeping the crowd in hysterics for nearly three hours, while bringing in a grand total of $4,425. An additional $150 was raised for local artist Coyote (Mama's Milk Dud), who's home recently suffered severe water damage due to a neighboring fire.

Dynamic Diversions was a BDSM event for women only, sponsored by American Leather Woman 2001 Phyllis Darcy and her partner Piper Fairbanks, will make its debut on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April in Denver, CO.

On Sunday January 30, at about 4 PM, the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis caught fire. The fire department was quick to respond and was able to extinguish the flames in less than an hour. The fire was found to have started on the second floor in the office area due to a faulty paper shredder.

Fetish Fest 2005: A Taste of Kink was held at The Crucible in Washington, DC on Saturday, February 26. This fundraising Leather symposium was hosted by International Leather Sir 2004 Robert Davis and International Leatherboy 2004 boy Ivan and raised $1,500 to benefit Brother, Help Thyself (BHT) and the Pediatric and Youth AIDS Programs.

An estimated 600 Leatherfolk attended South Plains Leather Fest in Dallas, TX the weekend of February 25-27 at the Crowne Plaza Market Center Hotel. The main events were the International Master and slave 2005 Contest won by Master Stephen and slave catherine, about 30 workshops and demos, a Sunday brunch with a keynote address by Laura Antoniou and a series of private dungeon parties.

On Friday night, March 18 the Satyrs Motorcycle Club and Avatar Club Los Angeles scored big at the Southland Honors, which was held in the ballroom of the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Friday night. Avatar won Club of the Year and Avatar club president Dr. Larry Burden was also named Mentor of the Year. The Satyrs won the Event of the Year Award for their 50th Anniversary celebration in November and Satyrs MC club member John Laird received the Chairman's Award.

The LAL Street Fest on Sunday afternoon, March 20 in Silver Lake drew a strong crowd, although there had been fear of rain in the days leading up to the second annual festival headed up by Gannon Gray and GBLT Productions.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) was elated at the recent results of the largest single fundraising event in its history, an amazing $10,500 raised by The Crucible in Washington, DC and The Bisexual Resource Center. On behalf of NCSF, a beautiful and powerful 100th Anniversary Edition Harley-Davidson motorcycle was raffled, with hundreds of people buying tickets at many far-flung events across the country. Dozens of volunteers helped sell the tickets, with the end result of $10,500 raised for the important work of NCSF. The winner of the bike was Garett Wolthuis of West Virginia.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt's Fifth Annual Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Dinner in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, March 13 raised almost $10,000 for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Producing the benefit were Mark Paladini and Ray Tilton, plus numerous volunteers.

Dennis Cramer announce the results of the Third Annual Erotic Art Exhibit held recently at Tool Shed in Palm Springs, CA. In total over $1,200 was raised from silent auction bids for the AIDS Assistance Program Christmas Stocking Project spearheaded by the Tool Shed each December.

New York held its first Bear Country Fair on Sunday, May 15, from 12-6 PM at the LGBT Center. The event included Country Western Foods and barbecue, dance exhibitions and vendors, animal judging, arm wrestling, live Honky Tonk entertainment.

The Tom of Finland Foundation presented its Fifth Annual New York Erotic Art Fair May 20-22 at the LGBT Center in Manhattan. More than 40 artists from the United States and Europe displayed and sold their work.

Camp Crucible: Admiral's Revenge took place near Washington, DC the week of May 26-31 and highlighted one of the East Coast's kinkiest, all-inclusive, adult only BDSM/Fantasy, five-six day vacation retreat set in 360 secluded acres less than two hours from Washington, DC.

Masters Retreat VIII was held June 24-26 in Dallas, TX at the Crowne Plaza Market Center. The keynote speaker was Skip Chasey.

Master Taino's Master/slave Conference 2005 took July 29-31 in downtown Washington, DC.

The Leather Leadership Conference IX at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Phoenix, AZ the weekend of April 8-10 drew approximately 225 Leatherfolk from all over the United States and Canada. The weekend had a Southwestern Native American flair featuring the Fancy Dancers performing a hoop dance at the opening ceremonies on Friday night, keynote addresses by Skip Chasey and slave marsha, a multitude of workshops and presentations, private dungeon parties and other speeches.

On March 19 the Back to Leather Basics was held at the Boston Ramrod and was hosted by Mr. Boston Leather 2005 Jim Maciel. Back to Leather Basics was an educational event that allowed people who were interested in Leather to learn more.

Palpable Testosterone was an introduction to the homoerotic work of Chicago artist Etienne. The exhibit opened Friday, May 13 at the 1926 Exhibition Studies Space in Chicago, IL.

Folsom Europe hosted its Second Annual street fair on September 3 in Berlin, Germany in the area of Fuggerstrasse/Welserstrasse, where the Leather community has its traditional roots in Berlin.

The Fourth Annual CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) has come and gone, held April 29 - May 1, and there were no losers other than the Cleveland Indians who got pounded 8-1 by the Kansas City Royals in front of nine CLAW attendees. Everything else won big. Attendance was at 2,500, net dollars raised were in the $20,000 range, there were plenty of dungeon parties, Scott Bloom's Original Pride was seen by two audiences on Saturday and more Leatherfolk got to experience the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Tom of Finland Foundation, based in Los Angeles, CA, held its spring Tom's Bar on the Faultline parking lot on Sunday afternoon, May 8 in celebration of the birthday of the man whose illustrations played a major role in shaping the image of a Leatherman, Tom of Finland. The Foundation was celebrating its 20th year.

On Thursday, April 28 at Toucans in Palm Springs, CA Mr. Palm Springs Daddy Bear 1999 Edward Espindola attracted a crowd of about 100 or so of his usual following to Toucan's to raise $21,000 for Camp Heartland, a place where children with AIDS can spend a week having fun in the country with medical personnel available at all times.

The Fourth Annual Southern California Leather Gathering (SCLG) which took place on Saturday, June 4 at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, CA with 172 Leatherfolk attending.

As of June 23, the U.S.C. Title 18, Section 2257 adult material record-keeping and labeling law was expanded to include the Internet. These regulations updated the record-keeping requirements of the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988.

Found on the Bound & Gagged Magazine web site was the ominous words, noting the end of the second longest running Leather publication under its founding owner, "As of June 23, new federal regulation under the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988 will impose record-keeping and inspection requirements for "adult" photographs that will be virtually impossible for us to comply with. Failure to comply is punishable by fine or imprisonment. We are discontinuing our business operations because we do not currently have the resources to comply with these new federal regulations...." said publisher Bob Wingate.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation joined forces to produce Red, White and Leather during July Fourth weekend. Over 30 Leather bars in 17 cities raised awareness and funds for both the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.

The Order for Discipline and Service explored Refining Our Lives as Master and slave the weekend of July 8-9 in Baltimore, MD.

Scat Fest IV was held at Neck of the Woods in north east Pennsylvania and some 300 attended.

Organizers of the Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend (CLAW) presented a $10,000 check to the Lesbian/Gay Community Service Center of Greater Cleveland at the 16th Annual Cleveland Pride Festival on June 18.

Minnesota Leather Pride 2005, June 17-26, was another great success as Leatherfolk came together to organize 10 days of classes and workshops, roundtable discussions and bar nights. The celebration culminated in a march down Hennepin Avenue with a giant Leather Pride flag as part of the Twin Cities GLBT pride parade.

The Leather contingent in the New York pride parade included Mr. New York Eagle 2005 Robert Valin, International Mr. Leather 2005 Michael Egdes and American Leatherman 2005 Blackkat among others, and GMS/MA (Gay Male S/M Activists.)

On July 1 The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) announced that they formed a partnership.

The renowned Gauntlet II Leather bar, Gauntlet II, in Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, CA changed hands on Friday, July 1. Manager of four years Charlie Matula, along with partner Gannon, and business partners Vince and John took over the business from Ken Erickson, who owned Gauntlet II for the last seven years.

The Annual Leather/Levi Weekend, and event sponsored by San Francisco's Leather community so that novices and newbies can get a taste of Leather by attending a run that touches on motorcycle club, BDSM club and Leather social club runs are like, took place August 11-14 at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, CA.

The Capital Pride Heroes Reception on Thursday June 9 honored 30 years of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender heroes. Among the honorees was International Leatherboy 2002 Jose Gutierrez.

The Leather Network, Inc. has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership and control of Leather by Boots: Dallas to Leather Masters located in San Jose, CA.

Attendees of the 27th annual International Mr. Leather (IML) weekend raised $40,000 for the Leather Archives and Museum.

The 15th Oregon State Leather Pride celebration in Portland, Oregon took place the weekend of August 5-14, bringing together nine local fetish organizations and hundreds of Leathermen and Leatherwomen for the festivities.

Being Alive San Diego recently received over $10,000 as this year's San Diego Leather Pride's charitable award recipient.

The Black BEAT Conference was held in Maryland the weekend of August 19-21, bringing together BDSM and Leather people of color from across the country. All races, ethnicites, and sexual preferences were welcome and encouraged to attend.

NLA: Dallas presented Beyond Vanilla XV, the Beyond Vanilla Bootblack Contest and the International Puppy Trainer 2005 Contest the weekend of September 30  - October 2. The keynote speaker was award-winning author Tristan Taormino.

CLAW 2005 (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) made the following donations; $10,000 to the LGBT Center of Cleveland, $5,000 to the Leather Archives and Museum, $3,500 to the AIDS Task Force and $1,500 to the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation.

Barbara Nitke and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of the District Court's decision in the Communications Decency Act (CDA) challenge. Their appeal contended the District Court applied an incorrect legal standard for determining whether protected material was improperly banned under the CDA. The District Court also committed legal error in finding that many local communities do not have predetermined standards of obscenity that can be verified, and then ruling the plaintiffs failed to prove what those standards were.

A powerful speech by leather author Viola Johnson prompted a spontaneous standing ovation by attendees at the second annual Master/slave Conference (MsC), which was held at the Hyatt Regency Washington hotel in Washington, DC, the weekend of July 29-31. Other highlights of the pansexual conference included an awards ceremony, the unveiling of a new flag for the Master/slave and Dominant/submissive communities, the lighting of memorial candles, and the Northeast Master/slave Contest. Throughout the weekend, the conference’s stage displayed a proposed M/s and D/s flag designed by Master Tallen of Washington, DC, with the graphic design by his slave, andrew, also of DC. The flag was sewn by girl Nancy Thompson of Lifestyle Sewing.

On Wednesday, July 27, Mr. Leather Cowboy 2005 Daniel Reed and Jeff Montgomery from the Triangle Foundation were presented checks, which the Leather Institute for Education (LIFE) Detroit raised at their Third Anniversary Weekend, held July 8-10. A third check for the Leather Archives and Museum will be taken to Chicago to be presented.

Saturday night, August 6, Mr. LA Leather Bear 2004 Wil Wesley presented Margo's Revenge - A Benefit for The American Cancer Society at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles, CA. The "Margo" in the title refers to his sister, who passed away from metastatic breast cancer in 2004. Wil managed to earn over $1,000 for the American Cancer Society.

The Leather Quilt Project was established in the Spring of 2005 by Mr. Chicago Leather 2005 Jeff Willoughby.

A Film Series resumed with SandMutopia University, Rope that Works being shown September 15-16 in the Etienne Auditorium at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL.

The 14th Annual Leather Walk benefiting the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund in San Francisco, CA took place on Sunday, September 18.

The San Francisco Division of the B&B Corps (Boots and Breeches) held their Roll Call 2005 at the Log Cabin in the Presidio in San Francisco on Friday night, September 23 during San Francisco Leather Pride Week. Almost 100 men attended the formal mess dinner which also featured a boot black, silent auction to benefit the Open Hand Project and a cigar and cognac party. What has become a club tradition was the Krispy Kreme donut dessert that followed the dinner.

Pistons bar in Long Beach celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a low key buffet and door prize giveaway on Sunday afternoon, August 14. The bar has been there under other names for about 37 years, including Mike's Corral. Pistons has produced three International Mr. Leather first runner-ups including Mark Malan in 1997, Sean Reilly in 1999 and Scott Bloom in 2001; as well as American Leatherman 2001 Jeffery Cooper and Dart finishing as first runner-up at American Brotherhood in 2002.

Billed as “The Hottest Leather Event in New England,” Mates Leather Weekend hit the streets of Provincetown, MA September 30 - October 2 for its Ninth Annual run.

The second Folsom Europe, taking place in Berlin-Schoeneberg, Germany September 2-4, became bigger, more attractive and more interesting, drawing a crowd of 10,000. Rough counts estimate that more than 10,000 Euros of collected donations were to be passed on to social projects within the next few months.

The Triangle Denver had new owners, Ric Sullivan and Rich Illgen. Ric was a past titleholder and was active in Colorado's Leather community for over 25 years.

After being in the same location on 7th Street for some 14 years, Mr. S relocated two blocks away to a newer, nicer, and 28,000 square foot retail and manufacturing space. The building would house both Mr. S and Madame S under one roof.

Frank Blondale and Dan Majewski bought the Cell Block in Chicago, IL from founder Roger Hickey and took over operations on September 1.

From Friday, August 26, to Sunday, August 28, Leatherfolk from Canada and the United States congregated in Ottawa for the city's first pansexual Leather, kink, and fetish event. The first HOWL (Helping Out with Leather Fest) Awards were presented to Ottawa Leather Fest's strong supporters.

Being Alive in Los Angeles, CA announced that Edward Hibbs, aka Gogo-Eddie, joined the Being Alive team as the new Peer Support Coordinator at the new Silver Lake location. Hibbs has been emceeing or hosting events such as The Freak Show, Nasty Habit, Dance This Mess Around, Hard Heroes, Silver Lake Leather Street Festival, CSW's Erotic City, Mr. Sister Leather Contest, Mr. Gauntlet II Rubberman Contest and the Wet-n-Wild Contest.

Breast cancer does not discriminate. Mr. LA Leather 2004 Marc Watrel founded Brothers for Sisters, a group of gay men supporting lesbians with breast cancer.

The Tom of Finland Foundation presented its 11th Annual Erotic Artists Fair Weekend at Plummer Park October 6-9 in West Hollywood, CA. The Erotic Artists Fair saw over 75 artists from around the world displaying their talents.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has announced that his office will specifically target "bestiality, urination, defecation, as well as sadistic and masochistic behavior" in pursuing new obscenity prosecutions. The Department of Justice began recruiting in late July for a new antiobscenity squad to pursue obscenity prosecutions, and the FBI announced in September that it was forming an antiobscenity task force to crack down on pornography.

Mates Leather Weekend has concluded its Ninth Annual run and the numbers are in as 600 Leather-clad, rubber-encased and uniformed men and women from all over the country, Europe and North America descended upon Provincetown, MA September 30 - October 2.

The Hurricane Katrina Gulf Coast Leather Tribe Relief Fund founded by DCI Productions and the International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest has raised $11,413 os far. Benefits were held all over the US and parts of Canada for the Fund, International Mr. Drummer 1997 Jeffrey Adler served as auctioneer for the basket auction on October 7 during the contest weekend in Atlanta while a silent auction took place. The breakdown of donors was thus: Avatar Club Los Angeles $3,038; Boy Stallion of Dallas, TX $800; NLA: Dallas/Beyond Vanilla $1,422; Generic Leather Productions of Seattle, WA $500; Mid-Atlantic Leather Sir/Leatherboy event $400; Eastern Canada sponsors $110; Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2004 James "Tug" Taylor $250; the Barracks bar of Palm Springs $1,000; Mistress Cyan/the Sanctuary of Los Angeles, CA $1,706; Thom Dombkowski of Chicago, IL $50; and Pay Pal $300. The funds will be distributed in the Gulf Coast Leather community through the Lords of Leather.

American Leatherman 2002 Rich "RTB" Trevino and New England Mr. Drummer 2000 Daniel J. Rabone celebrated a decade of commitment by becoming legally married on September 17. The wedding took place on Martha's Vineyard at the home of their friends, Joan Oustifine and Larry Schmutz, who officiated the marriage via a special state designation.

Bringing Back the Big Easy, a benefit gala held the evening of October 1 at the APEX clubhouse in Phoenix, AZ raised $2,000 for NOBLE Relief.

The On October 8th, 2005 Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA) held a fundraiser at Pistons in Long Beach, CA for the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County on Saturday, October 8. OCLA raised $1,000, which was given to the Center at OCLA's program evening October 18.

The Tool Shed's 11th Annual Christmas Stocking Program, which annually benefits clients of the AIDS Assistance Program (AAP), began its 2005 donation and sponsorship drive in November in Palm Springs, CA.

On November 11 in Oakland, CA, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force presented its first annual Leather Leadership Award posthumously to Dr. Tony DeBlase, cofounder of the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago and creator of the Leather Pride Flag. The award, presented in Oakland at the Task Force's 18th Annual Creating Change Conference, was accepted by DeBlase's partner of 24 years, Dr. Andrew Charles.

An estimated 2,000 cans of food, dry goods, 20-30 blankets, baby diapers, strollers, toys, gift cards, and more than $300 cash were donated by members of the Het and GLBT BDSM community at Mistress Cyans Sixth Annual Thanksgiving Slave Auction held November 12 at Dragonsgate Studios in Placentia, CA.

All things considered the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) has had a wonderful year. The NCSF responded to over 700 individual incidents, requests for information or referrals; they issued twenty plus media watch announcements profiling over 100 relevant stories; they called for community response via Action Alerts on major website closings (Bound & Gagged Magazine) store closings (Leather Masters II in Allentown, PA) and swing club raids in Philadelphia.

The Leather Archives and Museum has added two members to its board of directors. Philip Rubin of San Francisco, CA and Edward Mogul of Chicago, IL were elected to the board and ratified by the voting membership in December.

On December 12 the board of directors of Folsom Street Events announced the selection of Demetri Moshoyannis as executive director.

The song is meet me in St. Louis, but it was Marry Me in St. Louis for Michael Crecelius and Karen "Ultra" Wilbur on Saturday, December 3 at the Wyndham Mayfair Hotel in downtown St. Louis, MO. Rabbi Stewart Siegel of South Florida presided over what was themed When Worlds Collide.

Hooker and Boys Production whipped out another year of their tinsel town antics with the Seventh Annual production of The 12 Days of Christmas on December 10 at Club Hippo in Baltimore, MD. The $8,952.75 raised was shared between AIDS Action Baltimore, the GLCCB and the ILS/B Gulf Coast Relief Fund.

United States District Court Judge Walker D. Miller issued a long-awaited ruling December 28th, 2005 on the Free Speech Coalition's motion for a preliminary injunction in Free Speech Coalition v. Gonzales, the trade association's challenge to U.S.C. 18 2257, the federal labeling and record keeping regulations.

Books and Publications

A documentary on the 50 years of the Satyrs Motorcycle Club titled Original Pride: The Satyrs Motorcycle Club produced and directed by Scott Bloom of Tragoida Productions was shown at CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) April 29 - May 1 in Cleveland, OH.

The Lexington Lyons L/L Club of Lexington, KY published a cook book, A Matter Of Taste: Feasts from the Lyons' Den.

Fetish Diva Midori released a new book in August titled Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink.

Alex Wisniowski introduced his second documentary, My Leather Jacket II: More Stories from the Road.

New on the Scene

Arizona Men of Leather (AML), Phoenix, AZ; LIFE Detroit, Detroit Area Rough and Kinkfest (DARK), Detroit, MI; Northeast Florida Leather Council, Jacksonville, FL; Desire, Palm Springs, CA; Bear Country Fair, New York, NY; Leather Quilt Project, Jeff Willoughby, Chicago, IL; San Francisco girls of Leather, San Francisco, CA; New York boys of Leather, New York, NY; Southern California Bondage Club, North Hollywood, CA; Bellingham Leather Men, Bellingham, WA

Milestones

35 Years: DC Eagle, Washington, DC

30 Years: Philadelphians MC, Philadelphia, PA; Rochester Rams, Rochester, NY; Rodeo Riders, Chicago, IL; Eagle NYC, New York, NY

25 Years: The 15 Association, San Francisco; New England Leather Alliance, Fetish Fair Fleamarket, Boston, MA; Ottawa Knights, Annual Toys for Tots Fundraiser, Ottawa, Canada

20 Years: Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Knights of Leather, Minneapolis, MN

15 Years: International Deaf Leather Contest; NLA: Dallas, Beyond Vanilla XV, Dallas, TX

10 Years: Bears Ventura, Ventura, CA; Pistons bar, Long Beach, CA; Mr. Michigan Leather 2005 Contest, Douglas, MI; ONYX, Black Out Weekend, Chicago, IL; Los Angeles House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Los Angeles, CA; Mr. Triangle Denver title, Denver, CO

Five Years: Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt's Fifth Annual Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Dinner in San Francisco, CA; Tom of Finland Foundation, New York Erotic Art Fair, New York, NY; San Diego boys of Leather, San Diego, CA; Harbor Room, Milwaukee, WI; Mr. and Ms Marigny Leather, New Orleans, LA

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Bob Gunther died due to emphysema on January 1. He was the founder and owner of the Sling bar on Western Avenue in Hollywood, CA; served as president of Avatar Club Los Angeles; president of Somandros and was on the Christopher Street West board for several years. Added July 7, 2007.

Billy Collison passed away on January 6 and was connected to so many in so many ways including Centaur MC, Academy of Washington, Theatrical Drag Entertainment Organization, Atlantic States Rodeo Association, Regional Rodeo Organization and Brother, Help Thyself. Billy held the title of Mr. BHT one year, won during one of these events by raising money and performing. Billy came on the BHT Board of Directors as the representative of Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association. Billy had been a Rodeo Director and Assistant Rodeo Director both major jobs. When he was appointed to BHT, he served as a director, vice president and other positions.

Gay Leather history in the NY-PA area has turned another page with the passing of Harry Malcolm on August 30, 2004. Harry was born in Stamford, CT in 1926. He was 77 at the time of his death. Harry served in Korea with the United States Army from 1954 until 1956. He was a member of the Long Island Spuds, Thunderbolts and the Vanguards, and honorary associate of the Philadelphians and the Long Island Ravens.

After living with HIV for 17 years, Jimmy Lee Murray lost his battle with the virus on the night of January 21, 2005. He worked for six years as the Chicago House and Social Service Agency facilities manager. He was recognized by the Gay Chicago Magazine Awards as Employee of the Year. Jimmy was the first Mr. Ebony in Leather and was an early International Mr. Cheeks and Chaps titleholder, and was Mr. North Atlantic Leather 2000.

Carol Jean Bendick, born in Queens, NY, on December 7, 1957; longtime Denver resident; career postal employee; co-host for many years on Colorado OUTSpoken, formerly the Lambda Report; Emeritus member of the Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club passed away in early February. She was survived by her partner Tamara Parker.

Michael Prince, friend, community activist, dedicated scene historian photographer, and a true gentleman passed away in early February.

Jeffrey L. Bays (Daddy Jeff) was killed in a traffic accident in Las Vegas, NV on Monday, March 7, 2005. Jeff was survived by his partner Stan Harrell. Jeff was Mr. Drummer Texas 1997-1998. He also founded several Leather organizations including HEEL in Houston, TX, San Diego Sand Men, co-founded OCLA (Orange County, CA, and was a founding member of Fort Troff in Atlanta, GA. Jeff was a member of many Leather/uniform groups including the Regiment of the Black and Tans, San Diego League of Gentleman, Las Vegas League of Gentleman and Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas.

Born in 1951, Maire passed away in her sleep Friday morning March 4, 2005. She was survived by her Master and daughter Ivy. Maire was a member of the Oklahoma Leather/BDSM community and also volunteered at the North Winds House in Oklahoma City, OK as a counselor.

Mr. Indiana Leather 1992 Garret Pope died on February 20, 2005 at the age of 43 from a massive heart attack.

After almost four years of being a productive member of the business community in Allentown, PA, through its Bureau of Planning and Zoning, the City of Allentown forced the closing of Leather Masters II, a Leather/BDSM/Fetish shop.

Mark Richard Isenberg, a founding member of Leatherpost.com died on May 9, 2005 due to complications from a heart attack. Mark was born on Born October 3, 1963 and is survived by his husband Everett Considine and dog Boomer. Mark was a consummate Leatherman who cared greatly about the Leather community and made sure that Leatherpost.com supported that community in anyway it could. Mark's well-known Phoenix tatoo has become the nationally-recognized logo of Leatherpost.com

The Leather community was stunned by the news that Robert Davolt had died of cancer on Monday night, May 16 at Davies Hospital in San Francisco, CA. Davolt was best-known as editor of Drummer Magazine, his book Painfully Obvious: An Irreverent & Unauthorized Manual for Leather/SM, recent editor of Bound & Gagged Magazine, holding the San Francisco Leather Daddy XIX title in 2003 and numerous columns and articles for a variety of publications. He was born in Renton, WA on June 27, 1958. At 17, he joined the United States Navy, stationed on small ships patrolling the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. While in Wisconsin, Robert won the Wisconsin Leather Daddy title in 1995 and competed at International Mr. Leather. Robert was survived by his loving partner of seven years, Joe Granese of San Francisco.

Ray E. Hard died of lymphatic cancer. Ray was 69. He was a member of the Links MC and became an active member of the Spartan MC in 1981. He held the office of president of Spartan MC for five years. He was a part of Brother Help Thyself and AMCC and all the acronyms one can list. Ray was also one of the seven men who originated Leather Cocktails that was once held in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, NY.

John Klamik, best known in the Leather community as the artist Sean, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2005. Sean's art is probably best known to Leatherfolk as having appeared in Drummer Magazine then The Leather Journal. His illustrations also graced the still sought-after RFM Catalogs from the mid 1970s. He contributed to the Tom of Finland Foundation and appeared at Erotic Artists Weekends held in Los Angeles, CA.

Born in 1967, Alameda County Leather Corps member Chester B. Rice passed away recently. Chester held the Mr. Alameda County Drummer 1999 title, coproduced Toys For Munchkins and he helped his club produce events such as Leather Elegance, Skivvies, and Beauty's Revenge.

On the morning of Monday, June 27, a fire struck the Iron Eagles' home bar, the 540 Eagle, in Canton, OH, and it was a total loss.

Bound & Gagged Magazine ceased publication.

Andres Burgos, owner of the thriving Gargoyles Shoes and Clothing in the French Quarter, died on May 22 at age 42 of kidney failure at Charity Hospital. His permanent place in Leather history was assured when he helped organize the New Orleans Bear and Bear Trapper Social Club and served as the first president. He was an AIDS activist who supported many worthy causes such as Buzzy's Boys and Girls, Food for Friends and Project Lazarus. Andres, an honorary member of the Knights d' Orleans and active with the Lords of Leather, was survived by his partner Robert Haynes.

Leatherman Chris Hall, who died on June 2 from liver failure, was honored when the Fifth Anniversary of the Marigny Leather Contest was dedicated to him on August 7 at the Phoenix bar in New Orleans, LA. Chris was a longtime graphic artist with Ambush Magazine. He used his talents to design Night of the Black Mask posters for the Knights d' Orleans and was also a leader in the Rainbow Deaf Society.

Brenda Howard passed away at the age of 58 on June 28. She had a long battle with cancer. Brenda was born on December 24, 1946. Brenda was the facilitator of the Polymorphous Perverts and Switchables SIG at TES (The Eulenspiegel Society) and from NLA: Metro New York. She was a leader of the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Activists Alliance in the early post-Stonewall movement. She was involved in countless activist projects and campaigns on behalf of the whole GLBT communities. Brenda was also one of the organizers of the first Christopher Street Liberation Day march in 1970 (now known as Gay Pride Parade). In her later years she ran the Bi SM Group. She is survived by her partner, Larry.

Born in June 1967, John Sanduilak, or better known by all as simply "Little John" passed away in the afternoon on September 6 in St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. He had fought a long and brave battle against HIV, but is now at rest. John was well known in the Leather community and worked within the community for many years.

Ricky Alves passed away in early August. He lived in San Diego, CA. Ricky Alves served San Diego's Leather community not only as an active member, but also as a former Emperor in the Imperial Court de San Diego. He most recently worked as a member of the staff of the San Diego Eagle.

Omar Mosley passed in the morning on September 1 at San Francisco General Hospital. Indications are that he had cancer and HIV disease and had experienced renal failure in the last week. Omar was very active in the Leather community and was Mr. Northern California Drummer, 1992 and was also the second Mr. Ebony in Leather. He participated in hundreds of charity and social events for decades in San Francisco.

Ken Ferguson, our friend and one of the former owners of the famous and much missed Ambush of San Francisco, CA bar died suddenly in his home on October 8.

Salem Joseph Buchholz passed away Friday, October 14, 2005 at his home in San Francisco, CA. The cause of his sudden death was attributed to heart failure with complications related to diabetes and HIV. He was 58 years of age. Salem was the initial visionary of the Leathermen's Discussion Group, which he had organized in 1996 with the aid of San Francisco Leather Daddy VIII Don Thompson and others.

Tommy-D "Angulo" Fierros, 36, was born on January 10, 1969 in Phoenix, AZ and passed away peacefully on October 27, 2005. He was a member of The Universal Brotherhood of the Leatherlords. He was well known for his generosity and contributions to Logan's Playground, Body Positive, Shanti, Battered Women Shelters, Phoenix Lambda, Zoo AA and many other charities that needed a hand.

Jay Borne, owner of Second Skin Leather, and a great contributor to the New Orleans/Southeast Leather community died Tuesday November 8 at his home. He fell from his roof while doing repairs in Louisiana. He's been into Leather for over 25 years. Jay Borne was 51 years old..

David Barker, longtime Hayward resident, passed away on Wednesday morning November 9. He had been battling AIDS for 23 years and recently cancer. David was one of the original members of the Alameda County Leather Corps and was President of ACLC twice, in 2000 and 2004. He held the title Hayward Leather Daddy I in 1999. He also was the chairman of the Imperial Star Empire in 1996. Until recently, David managed the Turf Club bar in Hayward. He was survived by his partner of nearly 12 years, Den Calkins.

Rick Jackson passed away on the night of, November 2, 2005 from complications following heart surgery. He is survived by his husband Bernie Bright. Rick was a long time associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and was an active member of Delta International. In Toronto, he was one of the facilitators at the Leather/SM/Fetish Coming Out Group.

Hans Liechti passed away due to a heart attack at his Palm Springs, CA home on November 21. Hans was an early member of the California B&B Corps and remained a close and treasured friend of the Corps.

The Leather community was saddened when the news spread that Lurch died on December 8 due to a heart attack. He was HIV positive and had been dealing with other illnesses. He was 55. Lurch emceed and/or entertained at many club runs and Leather contests over the years including Golden Gate Guards runs, bear events, Satyrs MC's Run to Badger Flat and most recently, at the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2006 Contest in November. He appeared in a mainstream television commercial for Foster Farms. His Crisco scthick was a riot, no matter how many times it was told. He was founding president of Bears of San Francisco.

Northwest Leatherboy 2005 James Hall succumbed to Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP), at 1:50 AM on Saturday, December 10, 2005. He was survived by his partner Brian Olheiser. A memorial service will be held in the near future, in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

2004

September 30, 2004

2004

The Leather Journal

Copy will appear when we get a round tuit.

Clubs

The Chicago Hellfire Club started the year with a bar night at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL on New Year’s Day.

The Sacramento Valley Leathermen installed their new officers on January 10 at The Bolt. The officers were president Kevin Alverson, vice president David Shorey, secretary J. Troy Chambers, treasurer Wade “Skip” Griffith, sergeant at arms Tim O’Mara, directors at large Demetrius Bellamy, Bill Burgua, LaMonte Griffin and S. Brian Williams.

The Crescent City Outlaws' new officers had one slight change from 2003. Former president Mina Hernandez and vice president Kevin Chesnut simply swapped places. The other officers remained in place: road captain Toy, recording secretary Rich Daigle, corresponding secretary David Paul and treasurer Rex Romans.

SigMa was not a bunch of men to miss the new meat in town, so they hosted three dungeon parties during Mid Atlantic Leather.

Leather Levi Weekend, held in Northern California in the summer, announced their officers for 2004. They were chair Dirk Burns, vice chair Ken Thomas, Vice Chair, secretary Greg Pennington, treasurer Mark Ingham and webmaster Frank Chiki.

On Tuesday, February 3, Kent Arnwolt was inducted into the Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA) College of Mentors. OCLA program director Jeffrey Cooper made the surprise presentation during the monthly rap meeting. Other members of the College, Brian Dawson, Roger Kuhaupt, and Glenn Walker were present for the presentation.

On February 6 the Chicago Hellfire Club hosted a bar night at the Dallas Eagle to help kickoff the Discipline Corps’ Espirit de Corps weekend.

On Wednesday, February 11, Rubber As A Lifestyle: Skin Tight And Always Hot was the theme of GMS/MA's (Gay Male S/M Activists) bimonthly presentation.

My Vicious Valentine featured Guy Baldwin at their pansexual weekend February 13-15 in Chicago, IL with the theme, We Can Do It.

The Inter Club Fund of San Francisco presented their annual ICF Awards the weekend of February 13-15 in the City By The Bay. Best Fundraiser for the ICF was Mama’s 500th Pinning, The Golden Gate Guard won most of the club and club-event honors. The main individual awards were: Woman of the Year Vick Germany, Man of the Year Tony Koester, Special Presentations included the Frank Benoit Award being presented to Bill Hollabaugh and the Lifetime Achievement Award to Daddy Alan Selby.

On the same weekend and in the same city the Bears Of San Francisco (BOSF) announced that International Bear Rendezvous 2004 was a record-breaker. This year’s event had the highest attendance and BOSF presented $10,000 checks to three beneficiaries: New Leaf Outreach for Elders, the Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center and Scouting For All.

Avatar Club Los Angeles celebrated its 21st Anniversary on Saturday night, February 14.

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) presented donations to local charitable organizations at a formal Leather cocktail reception at Heaven Nightclub on Thursday night, February 26. PSLOD president Jack Banaszynski presented checks totaling $11,000 to local charities.

Bay State Marauders, a new Leather social club in Boston held their kickoff party on Friday, February 27 at the Boston Ramrod.

The Pocono Warriors recently presented the Mosbacher Brotherhood Award to John Weis of New York, founder of Folsom Street East and the Leather Leadership Conference.

Lion’s Pride XV: Our Leather Genealogy, produced by Menamore LC, was held in Wilmington, NC the weekend of March 5-7.

The Saber Motorcycle Club, South Florida’s oldest Levi/Leather club for men celebrated its 22nd Anniversary with a festive weekend, March 13-14.

The First Annual Blessing of the Bikes was cosponsored by the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater New Orleans and the Cavaliers Motorcycle Club on March 14.


The Lords of Leather of New Orleans, LA announced the names of their officers for their 2004/05 Ball Season during their Rush Weekend 2004 activities during Mardi Gras 2004. Serving in his second term as president was Mr. Louisiana Leather 2001 Todd Cole. Ernie O’Steen continued as vice president with Elmer Godeny was treasurer. New to the board was Keith Istre serving as secretary. Marking his third year as ball captain was Timm Holt assisted by ball lieutenant Michael Elliott. Taking over as special function lieutenant was Gerard Beaudoin.

On the occasion of the Long Island Ravens MC 12th Anniversary celebration March 19-21, the Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council (AMCC) held it’s 145th council meeting. During this meeting the Hartford Colts MC came up for vote into the Council. With the support of their sponsor clubs, the Bucks MC, Defenders NYC, and STARS MC the Hartford Colts MC was voted in as the 32nd member club.

The Phoenix boys of Leather hosted their first Spring Break: Western boy Run in sunny Phoenix, AZ featuring pool parties, games, a sleep-over, demos, vendors and the Phoenix boys of Leather Taking it to the Edge workshop series.

The Conductors of Nashville, TN held Track XXII. The theme was Heroes and Villains. Lots of parties at The Chute.

The Knight Hawks of Virginia recently distributed $2,702 to several organizations including Equality Virginia, Hampton Roads Pride, Hampton Roads Scholarship Fund, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Service Members Legal Defense Network, Full Circle Aids Hospice Support, TACT, Help Hospitalize Veterans and the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Spearhead Toronto celebrate its 34th Anniversary with a dinner at the Ramada Hotel and Suites on Saturday night, March 20.

The Seattle Men in Leather presented its Man of the Year Award to Seattle Leather Daddy 2004 Jim Drew on March 20 while inducting new officers which were president Jeff Henness, secretary David Weeks, treasurer Tom Swanton and members at large Richard Canning, Rolf Christensen, Mike Daggs, Tony Hardin and Scott Morgan.

People of Leather Among You (PLAY) of Metropolitan Community Church: Los Angeles held a Leather pride worship service in recognition of LA Leather Weekend on Sunday, March 28. As part of the service a dramatization of the Biblical story of the miracle that resulted from the spiritual faith of a Roman Centurion and his love for his dying slave—translated to contemporary Leather Master/slave relationships—was performed. Additionally, PLAY presented awards of appreciation to MCC: LA, Rev. Neil Thomas and Reverend Pat Langlois for their support of the Los Angeles Leather community.

Tribe Detroit held their annual Do A Fool run and hosted the Mid America Conference of Clubs spring meeting in the process during the first weekend of the month. Their outrageous club show Lube was talked about as far as the west coast.

The National Leather Association: International (NLA: I) Domestic Violence Project started a new Intimate Partner Violence Survey which was designed to begin the process of gathering data to help determine the extent of this crime within the Leather community.

The KC Pioneers presented Trails End XXIX: Under the Big Top, April 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO. Demonstrations and workshops were presented by KC Leather University, featuring special guest Jack Rinella.

The New England Leather Alliance (NELA) was a Patron Sponsor of The Network/La Red Gala Event: Paint the Town (La) Red: A Celebration of Survival. Saturday, April 17 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Bears LA celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a business casual dress Casino Night at a private residence in Alta Dena, CA.

The Golden Gate Guards hosted the Golden Dildeaux Awards at the Eagle Tavern in San Francisco. Donna Sachet and Lenny Broberg co-emceed and the crowd went wild as each "honors" was presented.

The Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) and Butchmann’s Academy held their first all-female weekend, April 22-24 in Phoenix, AZ.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Spring Maneuvers the weekend of April 23-25 in Los Angeles, CA. It began with 150 men attending Formal Uniform Mess Dress Dinner at luxurious home of members Jon W. and Eric W. in Los Angeles' Mount Washington district. A barracks play party was a sellout on Saturday night and the weekend closed with a barbecue at club member Riley Black's home.

The Leather Network conducted boys Training Camp VI the weekend of April 29 - May 2 in Dallas, TX at Inquisition Dallas. NLA: Dallas honored key note speaker and guest faculty member Judy Tallwing-McCarthy with 75 in attendance.

The Tradesmen Levi/Leather Club of Charlotte, NC hosted Trademark XVII: Men At Work the weekend of April 30 - May 2 at the Holiday Inn Woodlawn located less than one block from the Charlotte Eagle.

Avatar Leather Laboratory for Education (ALL) is a university-style educational experience offering classes in BDSM topics. Classes focusing on safety, creativity, BDSM techniques and skill building were held each month throughout the year.

The Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) hosted Kink Karnival on Saturday, May 15 in Phoenix, AZ.

The Threshold Society based in Los Angeles, presented Breath Play: The Safe and Erotic Approach, A Hands-On Learning Experience by Ms Cynthia.

The Houston Area Bears held Bear Watch V Weekend in Galveston just before Lone Star on May 21-23.

The Washington, DC chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club held its second annual Leather Flea Market on Saturday, May 22 from 12-6 PM at Titan Bar in Washington, DC.

The same weekend the Rochester Rams hosted their Can-Am Weekend which was limited to 60 for a weekend of debauchery, fun and games.

The California Cyclemen MC went on a ride to Pauma Casino for Hot Rods and Harleys on May 23.

Camp Crucible: Pirate Invasion which was a four-day BDSM event at a private location in eastern Pennsylvania the weekend of May 27 - June 1, featuring two huge dungeons, eight mini/private dungeons.

Shibaricon held its pansexual annual exhibition and conference focusing on education and information exchange of rope bondage during Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, IL. Shibaricon will be hosted by Fetish Diva Midori and was organized by Mortis and a team of bondage enthusiasts under his BDSM-Chicago organization.

Lone Star XVI: The Retro Run was held May 28-31 and sponsored by the Texas Conference of Clubs at the Buzzards Peak TCC land site.

The Knights of Malta returned to Miller River for the Return to Camelot run at the end of May. There was the usual club run show, plenty of games and activities in the mountains outside Seattle, WA for this one.

Danny LeCompte of Jacksonville, a past president of the Code 12 Jax in Jacksonville, FL, was elected to be the president of the South East Conference of Clubs. The SECC consisted of multiple clubs spanning the mid-Atlantic region and across the Gulf South. Reelected as treasurer was George Tresch, vice president Dudley DeRouen, Scott Porter was the new scribe and Lonnie Davis became sergeant-at-arms.

The Renegaydes of Augusta, GA held their first run at the Parliament House the weekend of June 2-4 and attracted several Leather/Levi clubs from across the South.

Monday, June 7, saw the final business meeting of LASH (Leather And Sister Hood) of San Diego after five years of existence.

The 15 Association of San Francisco held their annual Boot Camp at Saratoga Springs about 125 miles north of The City with about 70 men attending the run full of BDSM play during the second weekend of June. There were no workshops, speakers or contests. It was all about SM play.

Kansas City Leather University presented its 2004 Summer Semester at DB Warehouse in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, June 19 with workshops such as Different Strokes an introduction to tickling as a fetish by tickling fetish author Wayne Courtois; Face Play which is safe, erotic play above the collar bone; and Rumble in the Dungeon by Linda “Bootpig” Hall, which means take-downs and physical domination; and The Meaning of Collars by the KC boys of Leather.

Sunday, June 20 was perfect weather for Gay Male S/M Activists' Eighth Annual Folsom Street East block party in New York City. An estimated 8,000 people celebrated the occasion of its new location on West 28th Street in Chelsea with dozens of community groups and vendors, as well as entertainment. The event raised tens of thousands of dollars for several different charities, including the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.

The Leather Network held Master’s Retreat VII in Houston, TX the weekend of June 25-27 which was produced by Master Roy of Houston, an alumnus of five previous Retreats. Lynda Blakeslee, Ms Twisted, of Austin was the keynote speaker.

The Phoenix Uniform Club of San Francisco, CA held its 27th Annual Uniforms Leather Ball in the Green Room of the War Memorial Building on Friday, June 25 and featured the Big Band Music of Gail Wilson and City Swing.

Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) announced the 2004-05 slate of officers at a formal Leather dinner on June 26 hosted by outgoing vice president and Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2003 Don Mentink. The newly elected officers were president George Puddephatt, vice president Bill Longen, secretary Jeffrey Hyde and treasurer, Bill Spinney.

The Gulf Coast Bear and Leather Association reelected all their officers at a business meeting held in conjunction with a pool party in Mobile, AL. Serving the club into the middle of 2005 are president Jerry E., vice president Paul C., secretary Brian B., treasurer Danny G. and historian/web master Ed A. The club went on a canoe trip and cookout are on tap for June 27 on Black Water River in Million, FL.

The Los Angeles boys of Leather hosted Stars and Stripes II over Fourth of July weekend in Los Angeles.

The Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club of Colorado held their 30th Golden Fleece Run: Jason Returns to 69, July 2-5 that featured a visit from the Cycle Sluts.

Bears LA and the Southern California Bear Alliance hosted a great Bearquake 4-Ever at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles the weekend of July 9-11 with about 250 attending most of the events.

KC boys of Leather voted in new officers on July 11 and they were president Vincent Andrews, vice president rick “boy harley” tate, treasurer jay tichenor, secretary tyler watkins and pledge mentor joe napier.

The Pocono Warriors elected James Keane of Rahway as their president. Other officers are vice president Jack C. treasurer Tony I. and secretary Anthony M. Additionally, Mike Smanko also of Rahway, was named Brother of the Year 2004 for exemplary displays of leadership, camaraderie and brotherhood.

The North America Leatherman’s Association was founded to bring awareness of men’s health issues, including all men regardless of are, race, sexual orientation, or sexual assignment. All physical and mental health issues were to be included.

The Dominant and submissive Society of Manitoba held their Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS II) was a weekend-long themed event taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Atons of Minneapolis, MN presented Gopher XVI: Sex Boot Camp, a Mid America Conference sanctioned run.

The Bay Area Cigar Buddies held a benefit at the Eagle Tavern on Saturday, July 24 that raised $256 for the AIDS Emergency Fund in San Francisco. This was the club's first afternoon event, called the Saturday Afternoon Cigar Social.

The Rocky Mountaineer Motorcycle Club held their 19th Annual Cruise Against AIDS on July 25 and raised $9,247 for the Colorado AIDS Project. There were 39 bikes on the ride.

The Journeymen of Syracuse, NY held Motorcycle and Leather Weekend at Hillside Campgrounds July 30 - August 1 with 50 attendees.


The Alameda County Leather Corps held Fractured Fairy Tails in Hayward, CA at the Turf Club with Intranational Mr. Leather 1994 Jeff Tucker as emcee and Trailer Trash Trixie as guest entertainer.

The Palm Springs Boys of Leather celebrated their First Anniversary on the last weekend in July. There was a housewarming/pool party at the house of Steven Crawford (a.k.a. Snatch) and his partner Glen Tanking who both recently moved to the desert from San Francisco.

The Pacific Coast MC held their annual Black Mountain pioneer style run in the mountains east of Los Angeles the weekend of August 5-8 with the usual club cocktail parties, events and the traditional Sunset Party at Cocktail Rocks.

The St. Louis Committee, in conjunction with Kansas Leather University, held Leather in the Woods at the Cactus Canyon Campground.

The Ancient Desert Bears presented So Cal Decadence on August 7 at Pistons in Long Beach, CA emulating Southern Decadence in New Orleans.

NELA’s (New England Leather Alliance) Fetish Fair Fleamarket moved from the Park Plaza hotel to the Sheraton Boston. Political fallout from a negative Boston Globe column, which criticized the Park Plaza for hosting the event last year, made one of the co-owners of that property, The Donald Saunders Company, inhospitable to NELA. However, the other part of the ownership and management of the Park Plaza Hotel, the national chain known as Starwood (which includes Sheraton and Westin), loved NELA, valued the business NELA generated and wanted the Flea to remain their client. They offered their premier convention property, the Sheraton Boston, as the new location for both the August and December Fleas.

The San Diego boys of Leather were the official hosts for the 2005 Western boy Run to be held August 19-21.

The Black BEAT (Black Expressions Alternative Tastes) BDSM conference took place on the weekend of August 20-22 in Hanover, MD.

On August 22, California Cyclemen MC and Ms San Diego Leather present the Sadie Hawkins Ride up Coast Highway.

The Rochester Rams hosted Hell Weekend August 27-29, their 29th Annual run in Rochester, NY.

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) elected new officers at its monthly meeting at LA's Gay Center on Thursday night, August 26. The new LALC chairman was Will Hildreth who represents The Regiment of the Black and Tans, vice chairman is Dan O'Leary representing Long Beach Leather, treasurer is Mr. Oil Can Harry’s Leather 2004 Mark Diamond and the secretary is Jason Fasi representing the LA Boys of Leather.

The Rochester Rams closed out the month with their 29th Annual Hell Weekend run.

The Seattle Men in Leather hosted Equinox V: Back to Basics over Labor Day Weekend, September 3-6 at a camp on the slopes of Washington’s picturesque Mt. Rainier about 90 minutes from Seattle.

The Knights of Malta: Yosemite Chapter hosted Assembly 2004 at the Days Inn in Fresno, CA. Attendees came from Seattle, Phoenix, Vancouver, BC, Palm Springs and Tampa.

Spearhead Toronto and their guests got away from Church and Wellesley the first weekend of September and travelled three hours north to a lakeside camp ground near Haliburton Hills, Ontarion for Spearhead Round-Up 2004.

The Corn Haulers LL Club of Des Moines, IA held Cornball 2004 the weekend of September 10-12 which featured all of the usual Levi/Leather club mischief.

The Chicago Hellfire Club's Inferno has two Sessions and the first always starts the Thursday after Labor Day at a private location in western Michigan. Possibly for the first time, there was no rain all week and the run sold out, meaning that approximately 350 men got to experience Inferno XXXIII.

Delta 2004, the run's 10th Anniversary, was held about an hour outside Philadelphia and was well attended. The huge 300-acre grounds made a perfect setting for one-on-one BDSM play without everyone looking over one's shoulder.

The Fourth Annual Blue Alley Fair, organized by the Wasatch Leathermen's Association was held the weekend of September 18-19 at Club 161.

smOdyssey hosted their Fifth Annual national conference in conjunction with the Folsom Street Fair, smOdyssey Unleashed: Folsom Fringe 04, the weekend of September 24-26 in San Jose, CA. Activities included two dungeon parties, more than 25 classes, luxury coaches to and from the Folsom Street Fair on Sunday and a wind down Sunday night social. Some of the instructors were Fifth Angel, Deborah Addington, Steve Sampson, Master Hines, Scary Terry and Lady Patricia, Roger Stevens, Janet Hardy and Jay Wiseman.

Jail Break IV, the annual run by the Crescent City Outlaws in New Orleans, LA that was held weekend of September 24-26 featured plenty of disco music for Return to Studio 54, with a full slate of activities planned, including a grand banquet, cocktail parties and games.

During Las Vegas Bike Fest in September, a yearly event held since 1995 drawing over 150,000 bikers to the City of Las Vegas, the Desert Brotherhood Motorcycle Club was chosen by the Travel Channel to be featured in an hour-long documentary about motorcycling. During the taping, interviews were conducted with the members, motorcycle rides were taken with the film crew, and cameras followed the members as they enjoyed and participated in the different events at Bike Fest throughout the five day event.

October started in Provincetown, MA with Mates Leather Weekend featuring a uniform ball, Leather market and swap meet, demonstrations by Winter Encampment, a Leather T Dance at The Boatslip, a First Mate Contest, Sunday cookout and Heavy Metal party to close the weekend that drew hundreds.

OCLA produced Draggin' A Title Around, a fundraiser for the Long Beach AIDS Food Bank and the Center of Orange County, at Pistons in Long Beach on October 2.

The Golden Gate Guards LLC 18th annual run, titled Sordid Lives – Trailer Trash in Black Leather saw approximately 130 people in the beautiful Redwood forest area of Camp Mendocino to take part.

The Queer Biker Invasion of Death Valley was a rolling three day party where participants rode 1,000 miles, got to see some of the most fantastic scenery in North America. The ride began on Saturday, October 9 in San Francisco, went through Yosemite Park and Death Valley, before returning to San Francisco on Columbus Day.

Portland Uniform Weekend XII, sponsored by Andy Mangels and IN UNIFORM On-line, was held in Portland, OR and included two dinners, haircuts by the men of Clippers, bar and club nights, buffet brunches and a guided uniform shopping tour.

VASM celebrated their 22nd Anniversary in Vancouver, BC the weekend of October 9-10 with events including a men's only dungeon, the Anniversary dinner and a Sunday brunch..

NLA: Dallas presented Beyond Vanilla XIV and the Beyond Vanilla Bootblack Contest. The International Puppy and Trainer Contest joined Beyond Vanilla. The keynote speaker was International Ms Leather 1987 Judy Tallwing-McCarthy.

Hot BDSM passion met cool Northwest energy during Pacific Friction 2004 in Seattle, WA, a new women’s sex-positive BDSM event.

Gateway MC hosted Show Me XXXI: Meet Me in St. Louis the weekend of October 15-17. The run weekend was a reminiscence of the 1904 World's Fair.

Avatar Club LA installed it’s 2004 board on Saturday, October 16, with a dinner celebration at Tantra restaurant in Hollywood, CA. All of the executive board members returned for a second and final term in their respective board positions including president Dr. Lawrence Burden, vice president Bert Simon, treasurer Mike Van Horn and secretary Jeff Wacha. In addition, the three board members are Alexei, Daniel Morales, and Don Walters.

The Cavaliers Motorcycle Club of New Orleans has traveled a long way in the past two years, an achievement that was not lost on the citizens of Louisiana. So on October 23, the Honorable Ray Nagin sent Larry Bagneris of the Mayor’s Gay Advisory Committee with an official proclamation honoring the club on their Second Anniversary.

Black Rose hosted BR XVII, its annual pansexual extravaganza of programs and play, socializing and shopping in New Carrollton, MD the weekend of November 5-7, the entire event - programs, play, and vending was under one roof. Classes were presented by Catherine Gross, Travis, Jack McG., Jay Wiseman, Vi Johnson, Chris M., Fifth Angel, Lolita Wolf, Joansie, and Glenda Rider as well as local Black Rose favorites such as Rose V., Big Mark, Frazier, Bondage Thomas and Mitzi.

Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference Motorcycle Club (COMMAND) celebrated their 16th Anniversary in Baltimore, MD with events taking place at the Baltimore Eagle, Spike, Leon’s, and the Phoenix.

The Santa Clara County Leather Association’s yearly Leather community weekend, Leather Boot Camp Community Fair, was held in San Jose, CA. Events included a meet and greet at Renegades, a vendor fair, demos and classes at the Billy deFrank LGBT Center, a show/contest at the King of Clubs, and a Sunday morning brunch.

GMS/MA held its Leatherfest 2004 the weekend of November 10-13 in New York, NY.

"It just gets better and better!" was a frequently heard statement in Palm Springs on the weekend of November 11-14 as Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend hosted by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert saw a quantum increase in registrations and attendance for a weekend of parties, dinners and the Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest.

November 11-14 was a busy weekend in St. Louis, MO. The Gateway City hosted the 17th Annual Creating Change Conference and HiBearNation. Creating Change was sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and annually gathers 2,500 activists and community leaders from all over the United States. HiBearNation is a the premier St. Louis Show Me Bears event that historically draws 500 bears and bear lovers.

The Enforcers hosted an Art Exhibition and Sale at Rage Night Club in Worcester, MA on Saturday, November 13.

The Nevada Women of Leather presented A Day of Demos and Debauchery II featuring Catherine Gross and Lee Lambert, and included a full day of workshops, lectures and demonstrations as well as various raffles and a silent auction. Partial proceeds went to benefit the Leather Archives and Museum, the Gay and Lesbian Center and the Community Counseling Center of Las Vegas.

On November 16 the coordinatorship of the Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA) was handed down from Jeffrey Cooper to Bo Mulder at OCLA's monthly program meeting.

The Castaways MC celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a dinner celebration at South Woods of Cudahy in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, November 20th followed by a beer bust at the Harbor Room.

Desert Dominion of Tucson, AZ held and afternoon with Master Skip Chasey and slave rick that drew a strong crowd. The discussion was on Mastery as a Spiritual Calling and The Spiritual Awakening of a slave Heart.

On Saturday, November 20 at the Most Holy Redeemer Community Room in the Castro, the Golden Gate Guards celebrated their 18th Anniversary and inducted their new officers who were Warren Williams, Hobbit would remain as president and road captain, Jack Goodall was twice president, Richard Berg recording secretary, Christopher Davis corresponding secretary and Steve Kennedy treasurer. Jason Fontaine administrated the oath of office to the 2005 officers.

Threshold, Los Angles' pansexual BDSM organization, held their annual Bizarre Bazaar at Nob Hill in Panorama City, CA. As many as 500 Leatherfolk paced the aisles of the vendor area seeking pre-holiday bargains from the likes of JT Stockroom, Leather Smith and even Leather By Danny from New England.

The world-famous Clippers parties were back, or at least one was held on Saturday night, November 20 at a private residence in Burbank, CA with about 30 men in attendance.

A new Leather club, the Appalachian Leathermen of NJ based in New Jersey and will serve the New Jersey Leather community.

Just Play, a weekend of play for women at Play House Studios in Baltimore, took take place Thanksgiving Weekend, November 26-28 and included 20 hours of play time, workshops and erotic reading by Dossie Easton.

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, the longest running gay organization in the world celebrated its milestone 50th Anniversary at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday night, November 27 with 330 in attendance. The highlight of the evening was the screening of Original Pride, a documentary produced and directed by Scott Bloom who would later be inducted as club president. The film was impressive and will eventually appear on cable television for all the world to see. The audience seemed to like the encounter with the Hell's Angels and Satyr John Laird's bike challenge with two of them. It led to forming a bond with the legendary and notorious bike club.

The Southwest Training Academy presented by Master Jim, Slave Marsha and guests of South West Leather Conference was held in Phoenix, AZ December 3-5.

Doug Minich assumed leadership of the Cavaliers Motorcycle Club at their meeting December 4, taking over from founder and charter president David Lester. He will be assisted in his duties by Poncho LaPerle as road captain, and Deany “Doc” Cheramie, secretary-treasurer. Michael D. was designated as the First Lady.

The Atons of Minneapolis held their Holiday Fundraiser at the Bolt Underground on Sunday, December 5 in Minneapolis, MN to benefit the Aliveness Project and Open Arms of Minnesota.

MSDB hosted its Fifth Annual Bizarre Bazaar on Saturday, December 11 at Trikkx in St. Paul, MN.

Avatar Club of Los Angles held their annual Wreath Auction at the Faultline and raised almost $1,000 for the Carl Bean House, one of Los Angeles' few remaining AIDS hospices.

Hooker and Boys Production whipped out another year of their tinsel town antics with the Sixth Annual production of The 12 Days of Christmas at Baltimore’s Club Hippo and raised $47,887.

Stepping up from vice president, Jerry Meis was installed as the new president of the New Orleans Bears. Danny LeCompte became vice president and Tibby was elected lieutenant. Reelected to their posts were Ken Gue as secretary, George Tresch as treasurer and Wally Sherwood as lieutenant.

On Sunday, December 12 the Florida Leather Sir and Leatherboy Family hosted A Christmas In Leather and raised $2,000 in cash and toy for Tuesday’s Angels to collect toys for Children with HIV at the Children’s Diagnostic Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The Chicago Hellfire Club held their annual elections of officers on December 13 and elected were Ken Jacobsen, Jr. as President; Patrick H. as Vice President, David K. as Secretary; and Brent McG. as Inferno coordinator.

THOR, a new men's BDSM club in Buena Park, CA saw about 15 men attend the first meeting in December.

NELA's Fetish Fair Fleamarket was held in Boston, MA the weekend of December 17-19, just in time for the holidays. Close to 100 vendors and 4,000 shoppers from the curious to the serious for the largest Leather/SM/Fetish attended.

For the second consecutive year, the Washington, DC Chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club raised $10,000 during 2004 and gave it back to several DC area charities as part of the celebration of their 13th Anniversary.

The Spirit of Tri-Cen was alive and well in the City of Brotherly Love. The Philadelphians celebrated their 30th Anniversary during Tri-Cen XXX December 31 - January 2. The weekend included a formal banquet, cocktail parties, brunches a visit to the world-famous Mummer’s Parade on Broad Street.

Leather Titles

 Rob Wireman was chosen the winner of the Gauntlet II Mr. Leather 2004 Contest at Gauntlet II on Saturday night, January 10 in Los Angeles, CA.

Leatherfolk packed Oil Can Harry’s in Studio City, CA to see Mark Diamond win the first Mr. Oil Can Harry’s Leather Contest on Saturday night, January 17.

Jim "Tug" Taylor from New Haven, CT, representing the Hartford Colts, was named the 20th man to hold the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather title and Spanky was chosen Mid Atlantic Bootblack in front of about 750 Leatherfolk at the Shriners' Almas Temple in Washington, DC on Sunday afternoon, January 18. The contestants selected a Brotherhood Award which went to Mr. Double L Leather Michael Smith from Georgetown, DE.

Lady Jean became Ms Michigan Olympus Leather 2004 and Master Delites was named Mr. Michigan Olympus Leather 2004 at the Tradewinds Lounge of Kalamazoo on Saturday night, January 24.

Marc Watrel became Faultline Mr. Leather at the Faultline on Saturday night, January in Los Angeles, CA in late January.

The Ninth Annual Mr. Texas Leather Contest was held January 23 and 24 at the Dallas Eagle in front of a full house with Rick Iber being named the winner.

Rohno Geppert won the title Mr. Padlock Leather 2004 at the fifth annual Mr. Padlock Leather contest, which was held the weekend of January 23-25 in Phoenix, AZ.

Matt Edge won the title Mr. Hoist 2004 on Saturday, January 31 at the Hoist bar in London.

Rev. Ricky was named Mr. Bullet Leather 200 at the Bullet in North Hollywood, CA on Saturday night, January 31.

Rick Dunsmore was tops among three men competing for the Mr. Long Beach Leather title at Pistons in Long Beach on Saturday night, February 21.

On the same night Janice Michaud-Collier became the first Ms Leather Ottawa-Outaouais winner at the ballroom of the Crown Plaza Hotel in Ottawa, Canada.

Shawn “Doc” Holliday was named Mr. Leather Hole in San Diego, CA on Sunday, February 22.

The Cell Block/Shel-Don Leatherman 2004 Contest on Saturday night, February 14 was won by Douglas O'Keeffe.

Lillian Hannah became Ms Olympus Leather 2004 and Daddy Mikey Harned was chosen Mr. Olympus Leather 2004 in the theater above the Chicago Eagle on Sunday night, February 15 in front of a full house during Pantheon of Leather. And oh yes, Connie Cox was "awarded" the International Ms Saliva 2004 title.

Six men appeared on stage at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night, February 7 to compete for a spot in the Mr. LA Leather 2004 Contest and when the dust settled, Wil Wesley stood as the winner.

The Mr. Leather Colorado 2004 Contest was held on February 7 at the Denver Triangle where David Barrett was named Mr. Leather Colorado 2004.

Daddy Amy became Heart of America Leatherwoman 2004 and Dale Rush was chosen Heart of America Leatherman 2004 before a large crowd of Leatherfolk from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas on Saturday, February 7 at the DB Warehouse in Kansas City, MO.

International Master and slave 2004 was Master Z and slaveboy tony of Dallas; the Mr. and Ms South Plains Leather 2004 contests were won by Randal Kinnear and Mera Harned at South Plains Leather Fest was held in Dallas, TX the weekend of February 27-29.

The Gateway Motorcycle Club of St. Louis, MO produced a very successful Mr. Missouri Leather 2004 Contest at JJ's Clubhouse on Saturday night, March 6 that saw Ron Walters win the title.

Terry Houlihan was named Mr. Ashram West Leather 2004 at the Faultline in front of a full house.

The Tool Box in Tulsa, OK was filled to capacity to witness Ryan Setzkorn become Tulsa Mr. Leather 2004.

Mr. San Diego Leather 2004 was Adam Latham, who was sponsored by Ringold Alley.

Mr. Cleveland Leather 2004 was Mike Burke.

Pie A Titleholder netted $2,000 for the Leather Archives and Museum at a benefit in Seattle on Saturday, March 13, and there was a twist to the evening. If $2,000 was raised, Seattle Leather Daddy 1998 Jeff Henness would appear in full drag and perform one song. When it was all said and done they raised $1,500. Even thought they didn’t hit the goal, Jeff was a real trooper and did his part.

Michael Locke outlasted two other men at Gauntlet II on Saturday night, March 13 to become Regiment 2004.

David Ganim of Cincinnati, OH was chosen as Mr. Kentucky Leather 2004 at Club 141 in Lexington, KY. On Sunday evening, March 14.

Carl Byrd of Minneapolis was chosen to be Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2004 from a field of six contestants at the Bolt.

Andrew “Bootdog” Johnson of Oakland, CA became the first Mr. Pacific West Bootblack on Sunday, March 21.

Faultline Mr. Leather 2004 Marc Watrel became Mr. LA Leather 2004 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA in front of 850 Leatherfolk. The LALC (Los Angeles Leather Coalition) successfully took a major leap from a one night contest to a four-day event held March 25-28, which included: a host hotel, Hyatt Regency in downtown Los Angeles; the Southland Honors, a traditional formal Leather awards ceremony and reception; a seminar series; various dungeon dance parties; fetish vendor mart; and a Street Fest.

Gary Reisch was named West Coast Trainer and pup charles was chosen West Coast Pup at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, March 28 in front of a full house.

On April 3 it was standing room only at Club Phoenix in Albany, NY as William "Furby" Cross was best among three men in STARS MC's Mr. Empire State Leather Contest.

Sir Paul become Indiana Leather Sir and boy John Schmidt was named Leatherboy in Indianapolis, IN.

David Feaster was named Michigan Leather Sir 2004, Holly Fisher was chosen Ms Michigan Leather 2004; and Don Snyder became Michigan Leather boy 2004 at the Tradewinds Lounge in Kalamazoo, MI during the weekend of April 9-11.

Bob Rose of Grand Rapids, MI was named Mr. Michigan Leather 2004 in Saugatuck during Bound by Leather: Tied in Unity, cosponsored by Nimbus Michigan and the Grand Rapids Rivermen.

Nearly 250 Leatherfolk stood and cheered as each of the following were named American Brotherhood Weekend titleholders at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA on Sunday, April 18: American Leatherman 2004 Robert Napalitano from New York, NY, American Leatherwoman 2004 Storm from Asbury, NJ, American Leatherboy 2004 Terry Brown from Kansas and American Leathergirl 2004 Beth from Fresno, CA. The Brotherhood Awards went Robert Napalitano, JD Dykes, Terry Brown and Khobia.

When the judges scores were tallied on Saturday, April 24 the first Mr. Leather Lounge 245 title went to Josh Higgins.

57 men gave their all, but only one would leave the Congress Theater in Chicago on Sunday night, May 30 as the winner, and that man was Mr. DC Eagle 2004 Jason Hendrix. The first runner-up was Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2003 Remi Alexander Collette and second runner-up was Mr. Switzerland Leather 2004 Thomas Schoch. Alan Tunstall from Los Angeles and sponsored by the Barracks in Palm Springs and Avatar Club Los Angeles won the International Mr. Boot Black Contest. International Mr. Leather 1979 David Kloss won the 100th Anniversary Edition Harley Davidson 2003 Motorcycle donated by IML 2003 John Pendal. Approximately $11,000 went to each the Leather Archives and Museum and the Spanner Fund in England from the raffle which began in 2003 when Pendal, who won the motorcycle as part of IML's 25th Anniversary winner's package, donated it for charity.

Lloyd Powell was named Mr. Leather Pride 2004, Cougar became Ms Leather Pride 2004 and Eartha Quake was chosen Miss Leather Pride 2004 at the Second Annual Leather Pride Contest, held at EJ's bar in May in Houston, TX.

Dan Azevedo was chosen South Central Leather Sir and boy ed Kosary became South Central Leatherboy at the Dallas Eagle on Saturday night, May 22 in front of a full house.

Byron Marlow was named Arizona Leather Sir 2004 on June 5 at the Padlock in Phoenix, AZ. No Leatherboy contestants entered.

San Diego’s Pecs Bar was the place where AJ Turner was named San Diego Leather Daddy 2004 and boy jack became San Diego Leather boy 2004.

Jim Austin of Sacramento, CA won the Sacramento Leather Sir 2004 title and Jon Lopez from Sacramento won the Sacramento Leatherboy 2004 title before a packed warehouse next to Headhunters in the heart of the gay community in downtown Sacramento.

A sultry weekend in Atlanta was highlighted by the selection of girl kim as Ms South East Leather Fest (SELF) and Grant Lam as South East Leather Fest Boy in June. Mr. Leather Moncton 2004 was Wayne Toole and Jeff Smith was named as Mr. Leather Moncton Fellowship 2004.

The Northeast Leather Sir and Leatherboy Competition was held on June 18 at The NYC Eagle with Rob Carabelli taking the Leather Sir title while rick spencer was chosen Northeast Leatherboy.


Great Plains Leather Sir 2004 was Devlin Hanover, Great Plains Leatherboy 2004 was alex hanover and Great Plains Bootblack 2004 is Spencer. The contest was held on June 19 at Missie B's and Kansas City Leather University (KCLU) put on demonstrations at the Dixie Belle all day on Saturday with a really great attendance.

A mutual decision was reached by both Gauntlet II and Rob Wireman, aka “Ox”, that due to personal reasons, he would be stepping down as Gauntlet II Mr. Leather 2004. First runner-up Rob Henning was named Gauntlet II Mr. Leather 2004.

Mr. Pittsburgh Eagle Leather 2004 Mike Natale threw out the opening pitch before the Pittsburgh Pirates versus Seattle Mariners baseball game on Saturday June 19 at PNC Park, as part of Pittsburgh Pride Fest’s Pride Day at the Park.

The first Canadian Leather Man was Paul Ciantar of Toronto and Canadian Leather Woman was Jayne Schmid of Oshawa after competition held the weekend of July 9-11 in Ottawa.

Bears LA and the Southern California Bear Alliance hosted a great Bearquake 4-Ever in Los Angeles the weekend and the winners were Mr. Southern California Bear 2004 Matthew Kupz and Mr. Southern California Cub 2004 Brad Taylor.

Mid Atlantic Leather Sir was Robert Davis and Mid Atlantic Leatherboy was Ivan Fox on Sunday afternoon, July 11.

Brandon Matheson became Eastern Canada Leather Sir 2004 and Dan Falkenham was selected Eastern Canada Leatherboy 2004 in a regional that was held July 23-25.

Doug Mezzacapo became San Francisco Leather Daddy XXII at the Eagle Tavern on Friday night, July 23 during Dore Alley Fair Weekend.

Lori Ellison from Rancho Rio, NM became the 19th woman to wear the International Ms Leather sash on Saturday night, July 17 at Club Joy in Omaha, NE. Five women competed. Izzy was the International Ms Bootblack 2004 winner. Lori Ellison also won the Sisterhood Award voted on by the contestants. The fantasy performed by Lori Ellison was as erotic as the come and involved a watermelon. Cost of set? Less than $3, value of fantasy? Priceless. The audience cheered raucously as she fisted the melon with one hand, then with both. It was wild.

Stephen Rose was chosen to be Mr. Harbor Room 2004 on Saturday, July 24 at the Harbor Room in Milwaukee, WI.

Roger Alford of Tampa, FL was awarded the Mr. Gulf Coast Florida Leather 2005 title at The Platform in front of 300 local Leatherfolk.

With a Fractured Fairy Tales theme, a record crowd was on hand in San Jose, CA when Tie James was chosen Mr. Alameda County Leather and Fawn Luck was selected Ms. Alameda County Leather.

San Diego's deaf Leather community produced several Leather contests at The Hole on Friday night, July 30 where Cesar Dominguez was named Mr. Deaf San Diego Leather 2004, Micheal Edwards was selected Deaf California Leather 2004 and Rosie Rodriguez won the Ms Deaf California Leather 2004 title.

Andy Mangels was chosen Mr. Oregon State Leather 2004 at The Embers Avenue nightclub in Portland, OR in August.

Michael Aman was awarded the Southeast Leather Sir 2004 title and Dave Hudson was presented the Southeast Leatherboy 2004 title at the Charlotte Eagle in August.

Andrew Hedley was the only contestant for the Palm Springs Leather Sir title, but turned out to be an excellent candidate. Bernard Stauffer, originally from Switzerland and Andrew's life partner won the Leatherboy title.

Pandora from New Hope, PA was named Ms World Leather in Dallas, TX.

Paul "Teddy" O'Rourke from Philadelphia, PA was chosen International Mr. Deaf Leather and Stephanie Juge from San Diego, CA was selected International Ms Deaf Leather at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel in Dallas, TX the weekend of August 5-8 in front of nearly 100 cheering spectators.

Mr. LA Leather Bear 2004 Wil Wesley hosted a benefit, Margo’s Last Party, on August 20 at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles for the American Cancer Society which netted $2,000. Wil lost his sister Margo just after Easter to cancer. Her birthday was in August, and this was his chance to throw her one last party.

Stephen Seefeldt of Milwaukee won the title of Mr. Northwoods at the Argonauts and Castaways Joint Run on August 21.

Before a packed house, Dodger Allen, the only contestant for the title, managed to get enough points from the judges to become Mr. Powerhouse Leather.

The Great Lakes Olympus Leather 2004 Contest in Indianapolis, IN during the Great Laker Leather Alliance Weekend, August 27-29 saw Gina Whittington from Columbus, OH become the female winner.

Before a standing room only crowd at Timberline Spirits on Saturday, August 28, Barry Burns and timm briggs were sashed as Northwest Leather Sir and Northwest Leatherboy 2004 and Kelly Wilt became the first Northwest Community Boot Black.

Southern California Leather Sir and Leatherboy 2004 were Andrew Hedley and boy Bernard. Both lived in Palm Springs. The contest was held at The Hole in San Diego, CA.

The Lords of Leather hosted their annual Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest, which was won by Alan Bowers of New Orleans, at the newly-renovated Bourbon Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter on Saturday night, September 4 during Southern Decadence.

Steven Ranger was the winner of the Mr. Double L 2004 Contest held September 18 in Rehoboth Beach, DE at the Double L bar. Ranger went on to win the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2005 Contest in January.

Saturday, September 18, marked the Tenth Anniversary of the Mr. Dixie Belle Leather contest, in Kansas City, MO, where Randy Wrisinger was awarded the sash as Mr. Dixie Belle Leather 2005. Mr. Leather Europe 2004 Robert Menichetti won his title in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday night, September 18.

On September 25 Eric Hinsch became Mr. Indiana Falcon 2005.

Tim Brewton was the best of four contestants and thus became Mr. Toolshed Leather on Saturday night, October 2 at the Toolshed in Palm Springs, CA.

Lou Sedlacek was chosen as Mr. Cowtown Leatherman at the Corral Club in Fort Worth, TX during the Cowtown Leathermen's Leatherfest Weekend, October 8-9.

There was only one contestant for the Mr. Barracks title on October 9, which was a feeder for the Mr. Palm Springs Leather contest and his name was Steven Crawford.

Before a packed house, John Tatum of Detroit, MI was awarded the first Leatherman Of Color title at Touche during the ONYX Black Out: Ninth Anniversary Weekend in Chicago, IL.

Robert Davis was named International Leather Sir 2004 and Ivan Reyes became International Leatherboy in front of 175 Leatherfolk in the Lunar Bar at the Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg, FL the weekend of October 8-10. Both were from the Mid Atlantic Region. Spencer Cub Jasper was chosen International Community Boot Black from the Great Plains Region.

The Knights of Malta: Yosemite hosted Central California Leather Fest in Fresno, CA the weekend of October 15-17. The main event was the Mr. Central California Leather 2005 Contest won by Cory Tyler and the Central California Leatherboy 2005 title captured by Bradley Clutts. The first Central California Boot Black title went to Larry Laird.

Jim Maciel was chosen Mr. Boston Leather 2005 on Saturday, October 16 at the Ramrod in Boston, MA.

The weekend of November 5-7 the Santa Clara County Leather Association held their annual Leather Weekend titled Boot Camp, which concluded with a show and contest. Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2005 was Richard “Cujo” Berg.

Leatherfolk from both coasts and many points in-between converged on Wichita, KS to see Daddy Shawn become WOOLF Pack Leather 2005. Kansas Leatherboy was Darren of Wichita, KS, and the Kansas Leathergirl was Jen, of Kansas City, KS.

George Peet, an emergency communicator with the New Haven Fire Department, was crowned Mr. Connecticut Leather 2005 by Mr. Connecticut Leather 2004/MAL 2004 Jim "Tug" Taylor on November 6 at Triangle’s Café in Danbury, CT. Mr. Connecticut Leather 2005 was sponsored by the Hartford Colts.

Michelle Jackson, a popular American Sign Language interpreter, was named Ms San Diego Leather 2005.

The Daddy Alan Selby Memorial Award was presented to SF Leather Daddy XX Tony Koester by the STOP AIDS Project of San Francisco at Ninth Annual HIV Prevention Awards on Wednesday night, November 10.

Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend, November 11-14, hosted by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert and culminating with the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2005 Contest which saw Loren Wilson win the title.

The Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference in Leather (COMMAND, MC) celebrated their 16th Anniversary the weekend of November 12-14 and the title of Mr. Maryland Leather 2005 was awarded to Stephen Cather. Rick Valentino was presented the Brotherhood Award.

The Russian River Eagle’s Jeff Hettinger is the new Mr. North Coast Leather 2005 in Guerneville, CA.

Roberto Menichetti recently won the Mr. Leather Europe 2004 title during the Annual General Meeting of the European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs in Helsinki, Finland.

Shawn Carroll was chosen to serve as Mr. Leather Ottawa 2005 at the Capital City Music Hall in Ottawa, Canada.

Frank “Bug” Buog from Otterstadt, Germany headed an international sweep at the Mr. International Rubber 2005 Contest at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL on Saturday night, November 13 in front of 200 cheering spectators. David McLay from Montreal, Canada was first runner-up and Matthew Grevink from Sydney, Australia was second runner-up.

Craig Anderson was named Mr. Detroit Eagle 2005 on Saturday, November 13 in Detroit, MI.

Will Castillo, sponsored by the Ramrod bar of Fort Lauderdale, was named Mr. Florida Leather 2005 on Sunday, November 14.

Scott Jones was announced the winner of the Mr. DC Eagle 2005 Contest at the DC Eagle in late November and Robert Valin was sashed as Mr. Eagle NYC 2005.

Mr. LA Leather 2004 Marc Watrel held a Brothers for Sisters benefit, gay and bisexual men supporting lesbian and bisexual women with breast cancer and other life-threatening illnesses at his Hollywood, CA home on Wednesday, November 17.

The San Diego Eagle celebrated its Second Anniversary the weekend of November 19-21 with the highlight being the Mr. San Diego Eagle 2005 Contest won by Eric Crowe.

On Saturday, November 20, five men competed for the title of Mr. Pittsburgh Eagle Leather at the Pittsburgh Eagle and when the dust settled Bryce Caine emerged as the winner.

Sean Cribbin who competed as Mr. Woody's-Priape 2004 is the new Mr. Leatherman Toronto, winning on Saturday night, November 27 and Cameron Lewis was also named Mr. Leather Fellowship 2005, chosen by his fellow contestants as the man who best epitomizes the values of Leather brotherhood.

The Seattle Men in Leather selected their 16th annual pair of titleholders at the Cuff Complex in Seattle, WA. Seattle Leather Daddy 2005 was Scott Morgan of Tacoma and Seattle Daddy’s Boy 2005 is Darian Hawke of Seattle.

Master Guardian and slave sugar were named Southwest Master and Slave 2005, Shawn Michael and slaveboi carlie won the first US Daddy and US Boy title, and Steven Hagen become the first South West Boot Black at the South West Leather Conference the weekend of December 3-5 in Phoenix, AZ.

Mr. Rubclub 2005 was Michael Schneider. He won his title on December 25 in Germany.

News and Politics

The Safer SM Education Project of Toronto, Canada presented SM 20 Kink Roles and Relationships by Midori on Sunday, January 11.

Master Taino’s Training Academy held the first of eight Training Weekends during 2004, five for slaves and three for Masters, starting on January 30.

Pantheon of Leather was held in Chicago, IL during Presidents'/Valentines Weekend at the Leather Archives and Museum, Cell Block, Touche and Jackhammer. The Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards Show 2004 winners were: Man of the Year Jack McGeorge, Woman of the Year Mary Elizabeth Boyd, Lifetime Achievement Award Alan Selby, Community Choice (Man) John Pendal, Community Choice (Woman) sheryl dee, Forbear Award Joseph Bean, President’s Award Mark Leno, President’s Award Chris Reynolds, President’s Award Steve Sampson.

The proceeds of sales of the 2004 Bare Chest Calendar were presented to the AIDS Emergency Fund and Positive Resources Center on February 19 at the Powerhouse in San Francisco, CA from the Bare Chest Calendar Men on that calendar. The total raised to be divided by the two agencies was $27,343.13.

Canada's Leather and Fetish Luau Weekend II was held February 20-22 in Ottawa and featured the Canadian premiere of the documentary My Leather Jacket produced by Mr. Leather Ottawa-Outaouais 2002 Alex Wisniowski.

South Plains Leather Fest was held at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel in Dallas, TX the weekend of February 27-29. South Plains featured the International Master and slave 2004 Contest, the Mr. and Ms South Plains Leather 2004 Contest, a myriad of workshops and seminars held by some of the Leather community's top presenters, three nights of dungeon parties, a vendor fair which had a wide variety of merchandise and a Sunday brunch with noted author Joseph Bean as the guest speaker.

Vancouver Men in Leather (VML), a gay men's Leather club, made its debut at a party in the Leather Loft on Friday, February 27.

San Francisco's Daddy Alan Selby had a February to remember. On Thursday night, February 12, his hometown Leatherfolk feted his 75th birthday. To ice the cake, Selby was named the recipient of the Pantheon of Leather 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award two days later at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago on Saturday afternoon, February 14.

Hollywood has long been a haven for whips in movies, and now it’s home to “The World’s Fastest Whip.” The Guinness World Record for “World’s Fastest Whip” was set by whip expert and coach Robert Dante last fall at the Dream Circus in Hollywood. Dante set the record by cracking a whip 203 times in one minute, using a six-foot bullwhip made by Australian whip maker Mike Murphy.

The Internal Revenue Service approved CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) as a 501(c)(3) public charity.

KinkFest 2004 was held in Portland, OR March 26-28 at the Holiday Inn-Portland Airport. KinkFest included vendors and workshops presented by Midori, Frank Strona, Patrick Califia, Lolita, Boymeat, Mistress Danielle, Fifth Angel, Dr. Tech, Phantom Master and Fem Car, Max, Mistress, Matisse, Tim Kelly, Bridgett, Harrington and more.

The Southland Honors, produced by the Los Angeles Leather Coalition, was held on Friday night, March 26 at the ONE Institute and Archives on the edge of the University of Southern California campus in what used to be a USC frat house. The Southland Honors were modeled after Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards recipients included: Mentor of the Year, Kent Arnwolt; Business of the Year, The Leather Journal; Club of the Year, LA boys of Leather; Event of the Year, Avatar Club LA; Fundraiser of the Year, Gannon Gray; Most Supportive Individual of the Year, pug; Chairman’s Award, Riley Black and Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert; and Person of the Year, George Wong.

In the Victorian Supreme Court on March 16, Justice Cummins handed down a severe sentence of 24 years imprisonment in total, with a minimum period before parole of 20 years to 36 year-old Christopher John McIntosh who pleaded guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Armed Robbery at Eagle Leather on August 21, 2002. His Honor found that the staff of Eagle Leather on the day - David Oakley and Geoff Browning - had treated McIntosh as a customer courteously and well, and that nothing they did provided excusable or justifiable reason for his subsequent behavior. Justice Vincent found that both Mr. Browning and Mr. Oakley were “entirely truthful and impressive” men in their statements and presentation.

From Friday, April 2, through Sunday, April 4, 256 leaders and active members of more than 90 Leather/SM/Fetish clubs in 33 states, the UK and Israel gathered at the New Orleans Airport Hilton for Leather Leadership Conference VIII: Routes to Power. STARS, MC held their 10th Annual Mr. Empire State Leather Weekend April 2-4 in Albany, NY.

CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) took place April 30 - May 2 and was a huge success. Receipts for the weekend fundraiser were over double those from 2003, including $8,000 from the Saturday night silent auction alone and the number of attendees from out of town tripled. The main event was the Auction Party and Stage Show at Metropolis sponsored by International Leather Sir and Leatherboy and featuring CLAW founders and producers Bob Miller and Dennis McMahon, who emceed a great show which included rock band Jinx Titanic, a special CLAW version of David Vidra’s performance art Induction and Leather lip sync stylist extraordinaire Magnolia Thunderpussy.

Leather Masters, with head quarters in San Jose California, celebrated their 15 years in business. Leather Masters had stores in San Jose, Austin, TX and Allentown, PA.

Steve Sweet was off the obscenity hook once a British Columbia, Canada court judge, R.R. Low, acquitted him of all twenty charges stemming from his December arrest on obscenity charges over a series of fetish vignettes distributed on and off-line.

sheryl dee of San Diego was chosen as the newest member of the board of directors of the Leather Leadership Conference. Elected to second terms on the board were Alan Maclachlan of New Orleans and Michelle Sigler of Oklahoma City. Additional board officers for the 2004-2005 term were, Cynthia Wright, Larry Manion, Jack Rinella, Michelle Sigler, Graylin Thornton, Libby Warren and Lolita Wolf.

Long Beach Pride took place May 22-23 and included the Leather, kink and fetish communities with the Long Beach Leather Expo. Presenters from Avatar, Orange Coast Leather Assembly LA boys of Leather, Threshold and LA Radical and Wicked Women presented various techniques in safe BDSM. Dan O'Leary and Long Beach Leather produced a huge fundraiser, Resurrection II, at Pistons on Saturday night with some 500 Leatherfolk in attendance.

The Southern California Leather Gathering on Saturday afternoon, June 5 at Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA saw some 158 Leatherfolk attended the picnic which featured fun and games and an opportunity for people to socialize in a non contest/fundraiser/bar atmosphere. The event was organized by slave pug.

South East Leather Fest: Forget Politics, Have Fun was held June 11-13 in Atlanta, GA at the Radisson Hotel Atlanta Northlake.

The Christopher Street West Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade and Festival (CSW) held in West Hollywood, CA the weekend of June 18-20 featured the Third Annual Erotic City Expo. CSW and the Los Angeles Leather Coalition coproduced Erotic City Expo: Educate, Enlighten, Expand.

Servant’s Retreat held weekends in Dallas in June, Montgomery, AL in July, Philadelphia in August and Queens, NY in the fall. The intensive weekend was created for people who submit and serve by Catherine Gross.

The 21st annual Leather Pride Night Auction took place on Saturday, June 19 at The Puck Building in New York, NY with Jo Arnone as the auctioneer. Leather Pride Night was sponsored by 12 Leather/SM/Fetish organizations including Defenders NY, Gay Male S/M Activists, Imperial Court of New York, Iron Guard BC, Lesbian Sex Mafia, Metrobears New York, New York Panthers LC, NY Renegades, Pariahs MC, Promethean Guard, Society Nocturnus of Gotham, and The Eulenspiegel Society and many committed individuals. The night before, the Lesbian Sex Mafia held a Knife Play Demo presented by Cristo from Indianapolis, IN at The Center in New York, NY.

As part of its outreach programs to preserve the history of the Leather community in all its forms, the Leather Archives and Museum inaugurated at International Mr. Leather 2004 an Oral History Room, to permit Leathermen and Leatherwomen who wish to have their personal stories of community involvement and service recorded to be interviewed. The interviews were to be transcribed and added to the 93 oral histories already in the collection.

Thunder in the Mountains, which has what is probably the world's largest and best laid out dungeon with 40,000 square feet of play space, took place the weekend of July 16-18 at the Holiday Inn Denver International Airport. Thunder in the Mountains featured world-renowned presenters including Joseph Bean, Terry McCommas, Edge, Fetish Diva Midori, William ReMine, Cynthia Hurt, Lolita Wolf, Master Skip, Jason Ryan, Mark Frazier, Sharrin Spector, Robyn Friedman, Scott Smith, Fifth Angel, Laura Antoniou, Master Jim and slave marsha.

Folsom Fair North II was a success, taking place in Toronto, Canada the weekend of July 16-18. Attendance tripled from 2003's 4,000 to over 12,000 in 2004. Folsom Fair North II included over 70 exhibitors, plus exciting artists, performers, exhibitionists, demonstrations, DJs, live bands, entertainment and hot attendees.

One couldn't ask for better weather for the Dore Alley Fair held in San Francisco on Sunday, July 25 as thousands of Leatherfolk crowded Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard Streets and Folsom Street from Ninth to Tenth Street. The crowd was probably the same size as in 2003, but a huge apartment/condominium complex was under construction in the vacant lot area on Dore Alley that was used for several booths. The 15 Association hosted their monthly play party at their dungeon and a new nonprofit dungeon space open to the public named The Citadel was busy all weekend. Stompers Boots held their usual party which gave friends a chance to get out of the heat and have some good barbecue cooking hosted by Mike McNamee.

The Master slave Conference 2004 took place in downtown Washington, DC July 30 - August 1. The event was produced by Master Taino and had 200 attending. Master Steve Sampson of Butchmanns Academy was the keynote speaker.

The Leather community of San Diego, CA increased their visibility in America's Finest City's gay and lesbian pride celebration the weekend of July 30 - August 1 at the parade on Saturday and at the festival in Balboa Park on Saturday and Sunday. A Leather cruise on San Diego Bay and the San Diego Deaf Leather Contest were the highlights of Friday night.

The popular Castro Street Leather bar known as Daddy's changed hands.

The Cell Block in Chicago returned to its original owner, Roger Hickey and was open again before Market Days weekend in July.

Edward Espindola hosted a benefit weekend for Camp Heartland the weekend of July 9-11 in Palm Springs, CA that raised $6,000 from events at the Barracks on Friday night and at the Tool Shed and Sidewinders on Saturday.

On Wednesday, August 4 the Leather Archives and Museum retired the mortgage on its facility at 6418 North Greenview Avenue in Chicago, IL. Over $400,000 has been raised over the past seven years to purchase the building and make significant capital improvements to the facility. The funds needed to make the final $225,000 balloon payment were raised. The building was purchased and improved using donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and private foundations. No government grants were received to purchase the building. “This has been a grassroots fundraising effort since day one” said Leather Archives and Museum president Chuck Renslow. “Our history is now safe behind walls owned by and controlled by the Leather community."

Beginning with the Portland Leather Alliance sponsored Leather, Feathers and Fur Fetish Ball on Friday, August 6 and culminated with a victory brunch for the new Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather on Sunday, August 15. Oregon Leather Pride Week boasted over a dozen events celebrating Oregon’s Leather community including an Erotica Show, A Night of Myth, Mayhem and Magic and the Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather Contest and a mixed play party hosted by Bad Girls immediately following the contest.

The 10th Annual Leather Ball, produced by the Mr. Leatherman Toronto committee, was held on Saturday, August 14 at the Opera House in Toronto, Canada.

Henry Jordan and Randy, two of Sandy “Mama ” Reinhardt's family members living in Cathedral City, CA and inspired by her example, instituted a Southern California branch of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund and launched it with a highly successful fundraising weekend, August 27-28, raising over $4,700.

International Mr. Leather executive producer and Leather Archives and Museum cofounder Chuck Renslow of Chicago was named to the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) at the organization’s September 11 meeting in Denver, CO. Other officers were cochairs Jeff Soref and Beth Zemsky Loren Ostrow remained on the board. Marsha C. Botzer was elected vice chair and Glenn Carlson was elected treasurer. New board members included John Allen, Margaret Burd and Chuck Renslow.

The Folsom Street Fair held in San Francisco was held on Sunday, September 26. The weekend had dozens of events and parties surrounding it that included the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest, the Leather Daddies Art Auction, The 15 Association and Men Of Discipline play parties, the San Francisco Roll Call dinner hosted by the San Francisco Division of the California Boots and Breeches Corps, Donna Sachet's pre-Folsom Fair party, Stompers Boots party, Mark I. Chester's art exhibit, the Magnitude, Aftershock, and Real Bad XVI dances among others. It all started with the Leatherwalk and Leather Pride Flag Raising the Sunday before in Harvey Milk Plaza at 17th and Castro.

The 10th Annual Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Weekend took place October 8-10 in Los Angeles, CA. The Erotic Art Weekend began with an opening reception on Friday evening. The Erotic Art Fair was open to the public at the Great Hall in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park. The Fair featured an exhibit on the first 20 years of the Foundation.

Leather University presented Dungeon 901 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, providing quality SM education in a safe environment for gays and lesbians. The Single Tail Track was coordinated by Sebastian, moderator of the whip enthusiasts group in Texas.

Together in Leather 2004: A Family Reunion was held October 22-24 in Charlotte, NC and featured five specialty tracks including Master/slave, Daddy/boy, Spirituality, Unattached Singles, and Leather Girls.

CineKink NYC announced the recipients of awards in a range of categories during the film festival’s closing ceremony held on Sunday, October 24. The annual CineKink Tribute was presented to A Home at the End of the World which was directed by Michael Mayer. The screenwriter was Michael Cunningham and the cast included Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright Penn, Sissy Spacek. A Home at the End of the World was distributed by Warner Independent Pictures. A Home at the End of the World was honored by CineKink for its funny, respectful and tender portrayal of a loving polyamorous relationship, for showing that family and commitment can exist outside of monogamy.

Testimony concluded on October 28 in Barbara Nitke and National Coalition for Sexual Freedom v John Ashcroft, in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of NY, case # 01 CIV 11476 (RMB). This lawsuit was challenging an unconstitutional law called the Communications Decency Act (CDA) which criminalized free speech on the Internet. Plaintiffs were represented by noted First Amendment attorney, John Wirenius.

Pegasus Productions presented Big Knobs On Broomsticks V, Halloween Show and Costume Contest on Saturday, October 30 at EJ's in Houston, TX to benefit the AIDS Foundation Houston and NLA: Houston's Red Ribbon Toy Drive.

An SM Night of Authors at A Different Light Bookstore in West Hollywood, CA on November 5 featured three distinguished SM authors reading from their books including Mistress Nan, author of My Private Life – Real Experiences of a Dominant Woman; Mark Thompson, editor of Leatherfolk – Radical Sex, People, Politics, and Practice; Guy Baldwin, author of Slavecraft, Ties That Bind, and The Leather Contest Guide.

The first Denver Leather Formal, produced by Ric Poston, was held on Saturday, November 6 at Club 404 in Denver, CO to benefit CAP's Wreath Project which provides gifts for children affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS.

The Tom of Finland Foundation held Hide and Ink: A Night of Leather and Tattoos at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA.

On Wednesday, November 10 Folsom Street Events (FSE), a nonprofit corporation, announced that the total 2004 contribution to local beneficiaries would be $265,000.

Santa Saturday West, a benefit for children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS was held at Goodtimes in Las Vegas, NV. The total raised was $1,738.

On the morning of Sunday, November 28th, the Tony DeBlase Scholarship Project received a $25,000 donation from the Pride Foundation web site which pushed the total over the minimum amount needed to endow the scholarship.

"Thank you - to all who helped make the Lair Fire Fundraiser a raging success" said the Lair's girl debbie. All told, fundraiser organizers raised over $3,000 on Friday Night, December 10 at Gauntlet II, which was presented to the Lair DeSade's Kane at the end of the evening.

Books and Publications

International Mr. Leather: 25 Years of Champions by past Leather Archives and Museum director Joseph Bean was no less than sterling. It is like a legal size page laid on its side and has good and accurate historical coverage of each of IML's first 25 contests. The judges and contestants were listed as each year's highlights were covered. Some community leaders wrote of their experiences including Guy Baldwin, Joanne Gaddy, Walter Klingler, David Kloss, Reverend Troy Perry, Thom Dombkowski and others. IML founder Chuck Renslow opened with a statement.

Daedalus Publishing released Robert Davolt's Painfully Obvious: An Irreverent and Unauthorized Manual For SM/Leather which later was a nominee for the 2005 Stonewall Book Award (nonfiction).

The Outbound Press announced that Robert Davolt, former publisher and editor of Drummer magazine, had accepted the position of editor-in-chief of both the print and on-line editions of Bound & Gagged magazine.

Internet

Mr. International Rubber 1999 and recent president of the Lexington Lyons LL Thomas Smith started a Yahoo group discussion list called Leather Club Leaders, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New on the Scene

American Leathergirl Contest by American Brotherhood Weekend, Washington, DC; Appalachian Leathermen of NJ, New Jersey; Bay Area Cigar Buddies, San Francisco, CA; Bay State Marauders, Boston, MA; Black BEAT (Black Expressions Alternative Tastes), Hanover, MD; Canadian Leather Man and Canadian Leather Contest, Ottawa, Canada; International Community Boot Black Contest by Productions, Pittsburgh, PA; Leather Club Leaders by Thomas Smith, Lexington, KY; Leatherman Of Color Contest by ONYX, Chicago, IL; Mr. Pacific West Bootblack Contest, San Francisco, CA; North America Leatherman’s Association, Indianapolis, IN; Pacific Friction Weekend, Seattle, WA; Phoenix boys of Leather - Phoenix, AZ; Renegaydes - Augusta, GA; Rio Grande Leather Weekend - Albuquerque, NM; Southland Honors by Los Angeles Leather Coalition, Los Angeles, CA; Trust Honor Order Respect (THOR), Buena Park, CA; US Daddy and US Boy Contest by South West Leather Conference, Phoenix, AZ; Vancouver Men in Leather, Vancouver, Canada

Milestones

50 Years Old: Satyrs Motorcycle Club, Los Angeles, CA


40 Years Old: Empire Motorcycle Club, New York, NY


35 Years Old: Border Riders Motorcycle Club, Seattle, WA; Rubber Men's Club, London, England; Warriors Motorcycle Club, Los Angeles, CA


30 Years Old: Argonauts - Green Bay, WI; European Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (ECMC), Europe; Knights d' Orleans, New Orleans, LA; Philadelphians Motorcycle Club, Philadelphia, PA; Regiment of the Black and Tans, Los Angeles, CA; Golden Fleece Run, Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club, Denver, CO; Shipmates of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD; Society of Janus, San Francisco, CA


25 Years Old: The Castaways Motorcycle Club, Milwaukee, WI; Reading Railmen, Reading, PA


20 Years Old: Gauntlet II, Los Angeles, CA; Grand Rapids Rivermen, Grand Rapids, MI; Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather, Centaur Motorcycle Club - Washington, DC


15 Years Old: Leather Masters, San Jose, CA; Leather United, Chicago, IL; Lion's Pride, Menamore Leather/Levi Club, Wilmington, NC; Seattle Men in Leather, Seattle, WA

10 Years Old: Bears LA, Los Angeles, CA; Defenders, San Francisco, CA; Delta International, Pennsylvania; Enforcers RI, Providence, RI; Erotic Art Weekend, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Hibearnation X, Show Me Bears, St. Louis, MO; Houston Area Bears, Houston, TX; International Bear Rendezvous, Bears Of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Las Vegas Bike Fest, Las Vegas, NV; Leather Ball, Mr. Leatherman Toronto Committee, Toronto, Canada; Mr. Dixie Belle Leather Contest, Kansas City, MO; Renegade Bears, Seattle, WA; Rogues Leather/Levi Club, Roanoke, VA; Steel City Centurions, Birmingham, AL


Five Years Old: Aubrey's Playroom Internet Radio, Seattle, WA; Bay Area submissives, San Francisco, CA; Bear Watch V Weekend by Houston Area Bears, Houston, TX; Big Knobs On Broomsticks V by Pegasus Productions - Houston, TX; Bizarre Bazaar by MSDB, St. Paul, MN; Buffalo Bulldogs Men's Club, Buffalo, NY; Dyke Uniform Corps, National; Empire State Leather Weekend by STARS, MC, Albany, NY; Equinox V, Seattle Men in Leather, Seattle, WA; Folsom Fringe by smOdyssey, San Jose, CA; Leather Reunion by Tsarus Memphis, Memphis, TN; Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC), Los Angeles, CA; Masters And slaves Together: DC (MAst: DC), Washington, DC; Portland Leather Alliance, Portland, OR; Richmond Leather Club, Richmond, VA; Trident: Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Kenneth W. Kosary, 46 years old of Chicago, IL died on Sunday January 11, 2004. A long time member of the Leather community, he worked at the AA Meat Market, Chicago Eagle and the Exit.

The Cleveland gay, church, music and Leather communities were saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Fabian Emilio Toledo on March 13, 2004. He was found in his apartment and a preliminary report indicated that he had a heart attack. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1964. Fabian was active in fundraising and advocacy for the local Leather and gay communities. He was an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club, a member of Trident: International, and the secretary of the board of directors for CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend.)

Alan Selby, the original “Mr. S” and founder of Mr. S Leathers died on May 2, 2004 of complications due to emphysema, at home and surrounded by friends. Born in London February 12, 1929, Selby grew up in Yorkshire, England. He served in the Royal Navy (1946-1948) and entered the clothing business, selling men’s “woolen and worsted suiting material.” Later, he combined his business experience and his growing interest in Leather into what later became Mr. S Leather, opening his first retail shop in London in 1973. He spent the next 14 years working tirelessly as a fundraiser for community health, historic preservation and AIDS-related causes. He was honored many times for his efforts, including a citation this year from the California State Assembly on the occasion of his 75th birthday. His last public appearance was at the AIDS Emergency Fund’s (AEF) annual fundraiser exactly a week before his death. Selby proudly became a naturalized citizen of his adopted country on April 22, 1999.

Rockville, MD from lymphoma which left him partial paralyzed.

Ernest "Ernie" Hoffman, a longtime resident of Washington, DC, passed away on May 7, 2004 at the Casey House Hospice in Rockville, MD from lymphoma which left him partial paralyzed. Within RAD, he had held nearly every single board position and was recognized for his many contributions to RAD with the Man of the Year Award. Ernie was actively involved with the Highwaymen TNT and the International Deaf Leather organizations.

Patrick Edward McCarty, 49, succumbed to cancer on July 9, 2004 at his home in New Orleans. Pat owned and operated Gay Mart and a private dungeon above the store in New Orleans in the 1990s. Pat received a President's Award at Pantheon of Leather in 2000 for his community service. He was an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and a member or associate member of numerous other clubs and organizations.

Frank Best Puckett, who was honored as Grand Marshal of the Atlanta Gay Pride Parade, passed away on July 13 at his residence in Macon after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born on the second day of Christmas in 1919 and is survived by his longtime partner Richard E. George. In 1987 he was one of the founders of Atlanta S/M Solidarity. Puckett served three times as president of one of the oldest Leather organizations in the nation, the Atlantis Motorcycle Club, and was also selected as their Man of the Year. He was also honored by the Pantheon of Leather with the Lifetime Achievement Award 1997.

The Seattle Leather community mourned the passing of one of its Leather men. Robert "Van" Cantfort passed on due to cancer. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Malta: Jet Chapter, Seattle Men in Leather and the Imperial Court of Seattle. Van held the Seattle Leather Grand Daddy 1997 title and plated the role of Santa Claus for local stores and charities each December.

Mr. Baltimore Eagle Buzzy Malinowski 2000 passed away Monday night, August 2. Buzzy was a longtime member of the ShipMates of Baltimore. He competed for Mr. Maryland Leather 2000 in November 1999 not long after having multiple bypass heart surgery. He became Mr. Baltimore Eagle the following spring and competed at IML 2000.

Gay Leather history in the NY-PA area has turned another page with the passing of Harry Malcolm on August 30, 2004. Harry was a member of the Long Island Spuds, and an associate member of Thunderbolts as well as the Vanguards. He was also an honorary associates of the Philadelphians and the Long Island Ravens.

On September 3, 2004, at 2:15 PM, Daddy Bill Brewer passed away. He was survived by Chris Zimmerman. Daddy Bill had been in the Leather community since the seventies and became active in 1989. Daddy Bill held many offices in clubs such as Menamore Levi Leather Club and was a charter member of NLA: Austin along with being a person that many called on for advice.

Affectionately known as “Daddy Bill” he became a father figure to many.

Jon Jacobs died of massive heart failure Sunday, November 14 in Atlanta. Jon was co-author of Different Loving.

Mr. Michigan Olympus Leather 2004 Master Delites made his transition on the morning of December 14 peacefully in his sleep. He was part of the House of Tor.

boy patrick, aka nipper, alpha boy to Master Roy and a founding member of the Texas Leather Tribe ended his brave battle with a long illness on Sunday, December 26, 2004 in Houston, TX. boy patrick moved to Houston in 1997 to be in service to Master Roy. He was Gulf Coast Drummer boy in 1998 and founded the International Puppy and Trainer Contest in 2000. He was the founder of the Lone Star boys of Leather and the originator and owner of Leatherpup Productions, Inc. He worked tirelessly as an AIDS activist in the Houston area with many local groups like the Royal Sovereign Court of the Single Star of Houston.

 

 

2003

September 30, 2003

2003

The Leather Journal

Copy Coming Very Soon; but "not now, I'm in the middle of a Rothschild'."

Clubs

Hot Ash: DC Smoke Roundup took place during Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, DC.
The Men of Discipline Corps hosted Esprit de Corps 2003 in Dallas.
The Portland Uniform Weekend, sponsored by Andy Mangels and In Uniform On-line, celebrated its 11th Anniversary in Portland, OR.
Icon Detroit held their 10th Anniversary at the Detroit Eagle.
Las Vegas, NV had a new Leather organization, the Las Vegas League of Gentlemen (LV L/G), modeled after and loosely associated with the San Diego League of Gentlemen. The Las Vegas League of Gentlemen had it’s first meeting on February 12 at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
The Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference Motorcycle Club (COMMAND) of Maryland celebrated their 15th Anniversary with an in-town run, Tire Tracks, Broken Hearts, and the Mr. Maryland Leather 2003 contest.
My Vicious Valentine: Roman Rampage took place the weekend of February 14-16 in the Chicagoland Area.
The Inter-Club Fund (ICF) of San Francisco named longtime ICF member and awards committee cochair Dennis Silva as their Man of the Year at the 37th Annual ICF Awards Banquet. For the first time a Woman of the Year was named with the honor going to Jane Randall of the Alameda Leather Corps.
The Windy City Boys Troop began hosting a series of classes titled Leather 101 Nights at the Cell Block in Chicago.
On February 21 approximately 200 people packed Gauntlet II in Los Angeles to attend the Second Annual Los Angeles boys of Leather boy/boi auction which raised over $3,000. $2,800 of this went directly to PAWS LA.
The 15 Association of San Francisco held its 23rd Anniversary. A formal banquet at the Hyatt Hotel on Friday night got things started.
The Warriors Motorcycle Club celebrated their 34th Anniversary on February 22 in North Hollywood.
The Blue Max CC of St. Louis, MO held Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves at the Radisson Hotel Downtown the last weekend of the month.
The Lords of Leather, the nation’s only Leather Mardi Gras krewe, held its Bal Masque  at the St. Bernard Civic Center in Chalmette, LA. The Houston Council of Clubs is gearing up for the 30th Annual Let Us Entertain You Weekend (LUEY), March 6-9.
A new organization named the Women's Educational Board (WEB) was recently formed in central Texas. WEB's goal was to be a resource clearinghouse for women new to the Leather/BDSM lifestyle or to the central Texas area.
The Seattle Men in Leather announced their new slate of officers including president Dave Lewis, membership chair Jeff Henness, secretary Jim Drew and board member at-large David Weeks. The treasurer was Tom Swanton, New board members at-large were Rolf Christiansen, Duane Johnson, Bill Manning and Gene Romaine. Woody Woodruff was named the Seattle Men in Leather Man of the Year.
St. Louis Leather and Lace donated $3,077 to the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) from funds raised at Beat Me in St. Louis  VII.
Trident: City of Angels played host to Trident: International's 30th Anniversary the weekend of April 25-27 and the theme was Whoreray For Hollywood. About 50 Leatherfolk representing several Trident Halls across the United States and Canada were in attendance.
The Alameda County Leather Corps hosted Bear Weekend in Hayward, CA.
The KC Pioneers hosted their anniversary run, Trails End XXVIII: The Re-Run, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO. Demonstrations and workshops were provided by KC Leather University.
The National Leather Association-International recently accepted NLA: Kentucky into the fold of its many Chapters.
Trident: City of Angels played host to Trident: International's 30th Anniversary and the theme was Whoreray For Hollywood.
The Beach Cities Bears hosted their annual spring dance at Pistons in Long Beach.
The Tradesmen LLC held Truckstop style at the Sheraton Airport Plaza Hotel and The Charlotte Eagle in Charlotte, NC.
The Regiment of the Black and Tans Spring Maneuvers XXVIII was held in Los Angeles.
The California Cyclemen Motorcycle Club held their landmark 25th Anniversary Run in San Diego at the Inn Suites Hotel.
The Promethean Guard of New Jersey gathered at Connexions in Boonton, NJ to celebrate their Fourth Anniversary.
The San Diego Boys of Leather hosted Boyfest 2003 and celebrated their Second Anniversary.
The Leather Expo tent at the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride was organized by Mr. Long Beach Leather Bear 2003 Dan O’Leary. Mr. Pistons Leather 2003 Kurt Pierce organized two trucks for the parade, one with all of the California Leather titleholders. The LA Boys of Leather headed the Leather contingent.
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom recently held a raffle for a Trip for Two to the 25th Anniversary of the International Mr. Leather Contest which over $2,700. Jack Rinella sold the winning ticket to Lynn Schornick of Waukegan, IL.
The seven most active riders in the Cavaliers Motorcycle Club met to formally organize the group at a founders’ meeting in New Orleans.
There is a new Leather organization in the Twin Cities named the Minnesota Storm Patrol.
Behind The Scenes sponsored Leather Spirit Weekend in the Pocono Mountains, PA.
The Los Angeles Leather Coalition gave $1,200 checks to each Being Alive LA, LA Youth Supportive Services, and The Van Ness Recovery House.
The Knights of Leather of Minneapolis hosted Tournament XV with Little Dungeon on the Prairie as its theme with seminars, panel discussions with fully-equipped dungeons, open round-the-clock. The Key West Wreckers celebrated their 10th Anniversary with Ship Wreck X.
The Puck Building in NYC was packed with over 1,000 people of every orientation and kink for the 20th Annual Leather Pride Night Auction on June 14. Jo Arnone, LPN’s veteran auctioneer, presided over items that were auctioned, including Leather and latex fetish clothing, art and literature, unique toys and equipment, Broadway theater tickets, and much more. Approximately $20,000 being raised.
The Los Angeles Leather community gathered together and participated in Los Angeles gay and lesbian pride festivities the weekend of June 21-22. The LA Leather Coalition, with the help of the Christopher Street West committee, produced a successful Second Annual Erotic City Expo on Saturday and Sunday and nine Leather community units marched together in the pride parade on Sunday.
San Francisco's Gay and Lesbian Pride Weekend drew over 500,000 to its two-day  festival and Sunday parade the weekend of June 27-29. There was a big Leather visibility  including the Leather Contingent which was the largest in the parade, the Phoenix Uniform Club's Leather Uniform Ball on Friday night, The 15 Association play party on Saturday night, the Dyke March which had Leather visibility on Saturday around dusk, Folsom Fringe hosted by smOdyssey in San Jose, the Fifth Annual Pride Brunch organized by Mr. San Francisco Leather 1996 Gary Virginia and Empress Donna Sachet and a Leather Alley section in the pride festival.
The Tarheel Leather Club of Greensboro held Stars and Stripes: Lucky XIII the weekend out in the North Carolina woods.
The Los Angeles Boys of Leather held their first Stars and Stripes boy/boi Gathering during July Fourth Weekend.
The Crescent City Outlaws of New Orleans, LA raised over $300 during their AIDS benefit in the form of a Leather Prom at their home bar Cowpokes in the Faubourg Marigny.
The New York Renegades were at it again with their 11th Annual Run which featured plenty of kink and play at a rustic retreat in Delaware Valley, PA.
The Highwaymen TNT of Washington, DC announced that the 2003 Mid Atlantic Leather Sir and Leatherboy winners Mike Mitchell and Garry Lynch.
The Palm Springs boys of Leather organization was founded.
Oregon Leather Pride Week ran from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 10 in Portland, OR and featured  the Fourth Annual Leather, Feathers and Fur Fetish Ball, Uniform and Buzz Cuts Party,  a concert by Mark Weigle and Maria Webster, Leather Family Barbecue, Leather and Lace Show and the Mr. and  Ms Oregon State Leather Contest.
The Lexington Lyons Leather/Levi Club presented $500 to the GLSO Pride Center in Lexington and celebrated its Fifth Anniversary.
FLAG’s (Fits Like A Glove) Anniversary Weekend took place in Boston.
The 16th Annual Awesome August Party Weekend, hosted by Dale Jag to benefit PSLOD, was held in Palm Springs and Cathedral City.
The Sacramento Valley Leathermen and friends spent a day at the California State Fair.
The Washington, DC Chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club held its first Leather Flea Market at Titan’s Bar.
The Third Annual Leather/Levi Weekend (LLW) was at Saratoga Springs Resort in Lake County, CA.
A coalition of African-American D/s and BDSM lifestylers held the first Black BEAT (Black Expressions, Alternative Tastes), in Washington, DC.
SM Dykes Manchester hosted the UK’s first International Women’s SM Conference during Europride.
The Denver Wrangler was the venue of choice when the Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club was  joined by 50-60 of their closest friends and supporters to celebrate their 35th Anniversary.
Spearhead Toronto held Round-Up 2003 which included cocktail parties, a banquet and awards at a private campground outside Toronto.
The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles held their 42nd Annual Badger Flat Run over Labor Day Weekend in the mountains near Yosemite National Park northeast of Fresno.
The Cowtown Leathermen of Fort Worth, celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a formal dinner on the patio of the Corral Club with their 20th Anniversary Run at the Texas Conference of Clubs land site in Cameron.
The Sixth Annual Butch Revue took place at The Hole in San Diego, CA with proceeds going to produce the Ms San Diego Leather contest in November.
The Dallas boys of Leather and The Leather Network hosted Boy Pride Weekend in Dallas.
The third national conference for the younger generation of the BDSM community was held in New York City.
The Sacramento Valley Leathermen celebrated their Sixth Anniversary at The Bolt in Sacramento.
smOdyssey hosted Folsom Fringe 2003 Odyssey Island: Buccaneers at the Beverly Heritage Hotel in San Jose, CA and at San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair.
The First Community Forum on Asians and Leathersex, sponsored by kinky GAM and the Pacific Islander Wellness Center took place at the Women's Building in San Francisco.
The Golden Gate Guards hosted their 17th Annual Bike Run to Camp Mendocino. The title/theme of the run was MOOOO en ROUGE. The Knights d’ Orleans celebrated their 29th Anniversary in grand style in New Orleans with the medieval theme, Knights of Olde.
Wicked Womyn 2003, a Women’s SM Conference, was held in Seattle, WA with some 350-500 in attendance.
Avatar Club Los Angeles installed its executive board  for 2003-04. They were: president Dr. Lawrence Burden, vice president Bert Simon, treasurer Mike Van Horn, secretary Jeff Wacha, board members Mark Burstein, Daniel Morales, Alexei Romanoff and president emeritus David. The installation dinner was themed The Speakeasy which depicted the 1930’s Mafia era.
The Men of Onyx presented Onyx Blackout VIII: Behind the Eight Ball at the Cell Block in Chicago.
The Tom of Finland Foundation presented its 2003 Cultural Icon Award to artist, author, and filmmaker Clive Barker at the Foundation’s annual Awards Banquet.
The Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA) hosted its Sampler weekend in the desert after a short hiatus.
The Denver Wrangler was the venue of choice when the Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club was  joined by 50-60 of their closest friends and supporters to celebrate their 35th Anniversary.
Together in Leather was a new event dedicated to celebrating Leather relationships and featured over 40 workshops.
NLA: Dallas presented Beyond Vanilla XIII in Dallas with the keynote speaker and guest presenter being International Master 2000 Steve Sampson.
smOdyssey was snubbed when funds raised at their FolsomFringe were rejected by the Bay Area Breast Cancer Network. "What has really confused us is this same director sent us a thank you note thanking us for our donation last year" said Allie who was the smOdyssey treasurer.
The Chicago Leather Club presented a panel discussion on the meaning of Safe, Sane and  Consensual, and how it is used as the Leather community motto at the Leather Archives and Museum.
The Nevada Women of Leather presented two workshops featuring, Whip Master Bob and Ms Olympus Leather 2003 Bootpig.
Threshold, Southern California's largest SM organization with about 600 members, hosted their annual Bizarre Bazaar at Nob Hill in Panorama City.
The Latin Leather Club was formed in San Francisco.
The Most Holy Redeemer Community Room, the Golden Gate Guards celebrated their 17th Anniversary. The Golden Gate Guards donated more than $4,700 to such organizations as the Inter-Club Fund of San Francisco, AIDS Emergency Fund, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, the AIDS Visual Impairment Support Services Project at the Rose Resnick Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Pets Are Wonderful Support and the Night Ministry.
The 23rd Annual Arizona Fellowship Run was hosted in Phoenix by the Arizona Rangers.
The Leather Knights of Dallas, TX announced their new slate of officers for 2004. They are: president boy Josh Stark, vice-president Wayne Davis, secretary Bruce McCurley, treasurer Kevin Dillingham, fundraising coordinator Jim Forrester, community liaison Kevin Reichenstein and historian John Payne.
The Washington, DC Chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club raised over $10,000 during 2003 and gave it back to several area charities as part of the celebration of their 12th Anniversary.

Leather Titles

Stephen Blackwell, who founded the LA Boys Of Leather was named Gauntlet II Mr. Leather in Los Angeles.
The Southwest Leather Sir and Leatherboy regional sponsors hosted a Spaghetti Dinner Show on January 10 at Apollo's in Phoenix.
Robert Green was tops among three contestants and thus became Mr. Regiment 2003 at Pistons in Long Beach. A large crowd gathered at Pistons in Long Beach to see Dan O’Leary from Long Beach become Mr. Long Beach Leather Bear 2003, a contest sponsored by Beach Cities Bears.
The American Leather Family 2002 presented Adopt A Boy Night 18 at the DC Eagle in Washington, DC.
Alvin York, representing the Harbor Room of Milwaukee, WI, went home with the coveted Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather title, produced by the Centaur Motorcycle Club, at Nations in Washington, DC on Sunday, January 19 in front of about 1,200 Leatherfolk.
Glenn Belcher became Mr. Padlock Leather 2003 at the Padlock in Phoenix.
A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg Florida to see Donald Dotson of St. Petersburg become Mr. Suncoast Eagle 2003.
Lori and Shayne were named San Francisco Dyke boi and Dyke Grrl in front of over 200 Leatherfolk at Studio Z in San Francisco.
Chris Woods was named Faultline Mr. Leather at the Faultline bar in Los Angeles, CA.
Gannon Gray emerged as the winner of the Mr. LA Leather Bear 2003 Contest at the Faultline in Los Angeles in front of around 250 Leatherfolk. The contest was sponsored by Bears LA.
Glen Tanking won the title of Mr. Daddy’s Leather 2003 after a close contest on Thursday, February 13.
Dawn "Shameless" Perna and Shane Linden were chosen Heart of America Leatherwoman 2003 and Heart of America Leatherman 2003 at the DB Warehouse in Kansas City, MO.
Chicago's Adrian Williams claimed the title of Cell Block/Male Hide Leathers’ Leatherman 2003 from a field of five candidates  in a close contest in front of a packed house at Cell Block on February 15.
Four men vied for the Mr. Bullet Leather 2003 title and when the dust settled in North Hollywood, CA Shawn Smith was the winner.
Just before a big snow storm arrived Jim Kiley-Zufelt was named Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2003 and Jennifer “Baby Girl" was chosen Ms Philadelphia Leather 2003.
On Sunday night, February 16 Robert was named Mr. Olympus Leather 2003 and Bootpig won the Ms Olympus Leather 2003 title on the Great Stage at a nearly-full Chicago Eagle. The Ms runner-up was Debbie Fox and the Mr. runner-up was Sir Kenneth Griffyn Morgan, both from Nevada.
COMMAND, MC held it’s 15th Anniversary weekend, culminating with the Mr. Maryland Leather 2003 Contest which was won by Eric Kuzminski.
Mr. South Plains Leather 2003 was Joe Beach from Austin and the runner-up was Chris Beck from Dallas. Four knowledgeable men vied at the Dallas Eagle for the Mr. title while one woman, Miss Julia from Oklahoma City, OK, earned the needed to get 70 percent of the possible points to win.
Three contestant teams battled for the International Masters and Slaves Contest in the Atrium at the Radisson on Saturday night. Bert Cutler and nadine from Phoenix, AZ were named the winners.
On February 28 the Knights of Malta: Yosemite Chapter of Fresno, CA staged three contests. The new titleholders were Central California Leatherboy Ric Acunia, Miss Central California Leather Amber and Ms Central California Leather Beth Abate.
San Francisco Leather Daddy’s Boy XX Will Bruner raised $850 and collected about 200 pounds of canned food for Project Open Hand.
Four men vied for the Mr. Edge Leather 2003 title and when the dust settled Frank Vasconcellos of Hayward was declared the winner in San Francisco.
Rob Roberts became Mr. Sister Leather 2003 at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles.
Gregg White was named Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2003.
Mr. Powerhouse 2003 Troy Anicete took the honors as 25th Mr. San Francisco Leather at the Eagle Tavern.
Mr. Ashram West Leather 2003 was Terry Demby at the Faultline in Los Angeles.
Sam Bacon was chosen as Mr. San Diego Leather 2003 in front of a large crowd at Club Montage. The contest was the highlight of San Diego Leather Pride Week.
Dana Booker and Geri Farley won the Pennsylvania American Leatherman and Leatherwoman titles in Harrisburg.
Paul Thranhardt was chosen North Florida Leather Sir and boy kerwin was appointed North Florida Leatherboy at The Imperial in Jacksonville.
Mr. Toolshed 2003 Dennis Cramer presented an Erotic Art Exhibit at the Toolshed on St. Patrick's Day weekend in Palm Springs.
The fourth edition of the Mr. LA Leather Contest was nothing less than spectacular as Stephen Blackwell was named Mr. LA Leather at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles in front of over 750 Leatherfolk.
Richard Grey became North Carolina Leather Sir and Michael Waugh was named North Carolina Leatherboy at the Charlotte Eagle.
Panther was named Washington State Ms Leather 2003 and Mark Nunley was selected Washington State Mr. Leather in Seattle. The Leather Emerald Awards were held with Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt of San Francisco, CA being named the recipient of the National Emerald Award.
The first Las Vegas Eagle Leather Contest was won by Jay Groth and the Las Vegas Eagle Leatherboy title was nabbed by boy frank in Las Vegas, NV. The contest was produced by Grand Master Beau.
Ms World Leather 2002 Karen McGee had HIV and the Homeless as her contest platform. She is probably best-known for A Leather Day of Caring held in April. The international Leather community was asked to raise funds and/or provide services for homeless PWAs. Accounts came in making the total collected over $57,000.
California ran the table at American Brotherhood Weekend at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC when Bill Mitchell of San Diego was named American Leatherman 2003, the American Leatherwoman 2003 title was awarded to sheryl dee from San Diego and Boy Jeff of San Francisco became American Leatherboy the weekend of April 25-27.
San Francisco Leather Dyke Daddy 2003 was J Kimball and Dyke Diva 2003 was Sh’diva Black.
Joseph Brumley was named Padlock Leatherboy 2003 at the Padlock Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest in Phoenix.
Dallas Leather Sir Norm Ashton and Oklahoma Leatherboy boy marc were selected South Central Leather Sir and South Central Leatherboy at the Dallas Eagle.
John Pendal, sponsored by the Hoist in London, UK was named the winner of the International Mr. Leather 2003 Contest at the Congress Theater in Chicago in front of approximately 2,500 Leatherfolk who were celebrating the 25th Anniversary of IML. During the 25th Anniversary of International Mr. Leather Weekend, many groups and organizations raised funds for the Leather Archives and Museum. International Mr. Leather itself raised $17,257 from vendor fair entry donations.
Tom Stice announced the transfer of ownership of the International Master/slave contest to Mark Frazier and International Master/slave 2001 Jim and Marsha.
Pennsylvania Leather Sir 2003 was Douglas Lindsey and Pennsylvania Leatherboy 2003 was Brian “Grunt” Mottin at the Pittsburgh Eagle.
Jae Januze became the new Rocky Mountain Ms Leather 2002 -2003, finishing out the title year originally won by Rhonda Norton at Thunder in the Mountains 2002 in Denver.
The International Deaf Leather and Deaf Bear and Cub Organization held its contest at Orlando Marriott Downtown Hotel. The winners were International Mr. Deaf Leather 2003 Juan Zazueta and International Ms Deaf Leather 2003 Reneta Millet.
Bob Forbes from Syracuse was announced the winner of the Northeast Leather Sir 2003 title and boy andy fischman achieved enough points to become Northeast Leatherboy at The Slide Bar in the East Village in New York.
Colorado Leather Sir 2003 was Rich Valdez and Colorado Leatherboy 2003 was ruben gomez.
The first Mama's Leatherman contest was held at the Loading Dock in San Francisco and was won by Keith Folger.
Sebastien Fontaine of Montreal, Quebec was named Eastern Canada Leather boy at the Black Eagle in Toronto.
Brian Williams of Sacramento was chose Sacramento Leather Sir and Arturo Crespo of Sacramento was chosen Sacramento Leatherboy at The Bolt.
Bill Morse of Chicago, IL became Illinois Leather Sir at the Cell Block in Chicago.
Mr. Ebony Leather Contest Cain Berlinger producer presented Chuck Renslow of the Leather and Archives and Museum  a check for $1,000 from funds raised during the Mr. Ebony Leather 2003 Contest held during IML in May.
The Arizona Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest was held at Charlie's in Phoenix with Jeffers Huesing being awarded the Arizona Leather Sir 2003 title and Duane Mantey being named Arizona Leatherboy 2003.
International Ms Leather 2003 was Tammie Nelson from Greenwood, IN and International Ms Bootblack 2003 was slaveboi eddie from Culver City, CA. The contest was held at Club Joy in Omaha, NE on Saturday night, July 19 in front of about 250 cheering Leatherfolk. First runner-up to Tammie Nelson was Ms Tri State Leather 2002 Ruby from Ohio and second runner-up was Jennifer Morgan from Philadelphia, PA.
Palm Springs Leatherboy 2003 was Randy Bruner and here were no Leather Sir contestants.
The first West Coast Pup and Trainer Contest took place at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles with Patch winning the Pup title and Shawn nabbing the Trainer sash.
The Leather Dyke Family Charity Events (LDF) announced the formation of a board of directors to manage current and future LDF titleholders and events.
Peter Fiske was named San Francisco Leather Daddy XXI at the Eagle Tavern in front of about 350 cheering spectators. Almost 200 Leatherfolk were in the ballroom of the Ramada Hotel on Market Street in San Francisco to see California Leatherman Master Jammer, California  Leatherwoman Evan and California Leatherboy Jack Garcia win their titles.
Sacramento Leather Sir Brian Williams and Sacramento Leatherboy Arturo Crespo captured the 2003 Northern California Leather Sir/boy competition in Guerneville. Roger Hunt was runner-up and later assumed the Leatherboy title.
The 10th Annual Mr. Oneida Leather Contest was held at the Camp Oneida Campground in New Milford, PA and when it was all over Mike Hanger walked away with the sash.
Earl Coffman was chosen the become Mr. Oregon State Leather and Alycyn Britton was named Ms Oregon State Leather.
Goddess Lakshimi from Detroit, MI won the Ms World Leather 2003 title in front of almost 300 Leatherfolk at the Radisson Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX on Sunday afternoon, August 10. Millarca from Oak Park, IL was the runner-up. Seven women competed.
Chris Reynolds from Las Vegas, NV was named Southwest Leather Sir 2003 and Duane Mantey won the Southwest Leatherboy title in front of about 150 Leatherfolk at the Hotel in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday night, August 2.
Great Lakes Leatherboy 2003 was Titusboy, Great Lakes Leather Sir 2003 was Bill Morse, Great Lakes Ms Leather Pride 2003 was Katie Kat, Great Lakes Master 2003 was Mistress Constance Coleman, Great Lakes slave 2003 was slave drew and Great Lakes Bootblack 2003 was izzy at the Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend which also included over 24 workshops, three dungeons, a poolside Dom/slave auction, a cookout hosted by the Midwest Bearpack and a dessert table hosted by the Indiana Falcons.
In a stunning production at Neighbors in Seattle, Eric Bonesteel was chosen Northwest Leather Sir 2003 and boy Larry Ryan was chosen Northwest Leatherboy 2003.
The Southern California Leather Sir contest was held at the Hole in San Diego and the winners were Leather Sir Mike Russell from San Diego and Leatherboy randy from Palm Springs.
The Great Plains Leatherboy Contest was held at Magnolia’s Bar in St. Louis, and boy Cody smith was chosen to be the first Great Plains Leatherboy. There were no Leather Sir contestants.
Tim Lott, sponsored by the Phoenix, was the winner of the Mr. Louisiana Leather 2004 contest held at the Barn at Cowpokes in New Orleans.
Ross Katzman was named Mr. Harbor Room Leather at that Milwaukee bar.
Winning the title of Mr. Upper-Ohio Valley Leather 2004 was Bob Madaras.
The winners of the International Puppy and Trainer 2003 Contest held in Houston, were Shawn and patch. Master Steve Sampson’s slave pug received the LeatherDOG Person of the Year Award.
Big Daddy Carl was named Mr. Las Vegas Leather 2003 and Steve Hagen was titled Las Vegas Leatherboy 2003 poolside at the Blue Moon Resort in Las Vegas, NV in front of 100 Leatherfolk.
Tim Weaver was chosen Heart of America Leatherboy 2004 and Todd Altheiser became Mr. Dixie Belle Leather 2004 at the DB Warehouse in Kansas City, MO.
Julian Marshburn was named Mr. San Francisco Leather 2004 in a fully-packed ballroom at the Ramada Plaza on Market Street.
David Richardson became Mr. Austin Leather 2004.
The Atlantic Canadian Leather community gathered in Halifax for Leather Dome: Mr. Atlantic Canada 2004 Contest Weekend where Randall Perry of Charlottetown, PEI was announced as Mr. Atlantic Canada Leather 2004.
pup Fifi and her trainer Mistress Simone were named Great Lakes Puppy and Trainer at the Cell Block in Chicago. Saad (pronounced Sa-ad) from Sweden, a Baghdad-born Iraqi that fled to Sweden in 1991 after the Desert Storm war in Iraq, was named Mr. Leather Europe competition in Hamburg.
Toni from New Orleans, LA was chosen to be Ms Gulf States Olympus Leather 2003 at the Emerald City Bar in Pensacola, FL.
Jack Robinson of Apex, NC was named Southeast Bootblack 2004, Southeast Master/slave title was won by Master Rickford and slave kimmie of King, NC.
The second go around with the International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest was impressive with Southern California Mr. Leather Mike Russell from San Diego taking the Leather Sir 2003 title while Great Lakes Leatherboy Rick "Titusboy" Mansfield from Cincinnati was named Leatherboy 2003 at the Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg, FL.
The Knights of Malta: Yosemite Chapter hosted the Mr. Central California Leather 2003 Contest at the North Tower Circle in Fresno, CA which was won by Dan Hogue.
Slavegirl Moira was named Beyond Vanilla Bootblack at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel in Dallas.
Major of Albuquerque was awarded New Mexico Mr. Leather 2004 and Lori Campbell walked away as New Mexico Ms. Leather 2004.
James Taylor was named Mr. Connecticut Leather 2003 at Indigo/Market in New Haven, CT in front of about 125 cheering spectator at a contest produced by the Hartford Colts MC.
Chris Vincent, from Las Vegas, NV, became the first man west of Chicago to win the Mr. International Rubber title at the Cell Block in Chicago.
Mr. Leather Ottawa-Outaouais 2004 was Steven Hould.
The biggest Mr. Florida Leather Contest Weekend yet was held Fort Lauderdale, culminating in Fernan Royo of Fort Lauderdale winning the title at the Fort Lauderdale Eagle.
The second Mr. Kansas Leather and Kansas boy Leather contest was held in Wichita with Kerry Ellison being chosen Mr. Kansas Leather and Terry Brown chosen Kansas Leatherboy.
Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2004 was Jack Beneville. The contest was part of Palm Springs Leather Pride with 750 Leatherfolk attending the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert events.
The inaugural Mr. and Ms Kentucky Olympus was held in Louisville with Scot S. being named Mr. Kentucky Olympus Leather and Lillian Hannah named Ms. Kentucky Olympus Leather.
Rob Kohl was acclaimed as Mr. BC Leather 2003 in Vancouver, Canada. The Pittsburgh Eagle and Three Rivers Leather Club held the first Mr. Pittsburgh Eagle Leather competition with Mike Natale of nearby Greensburg, PA winning.
Alley Cat was named Mr. Detroit Eagle 2004.
Karen Yew as named Ms San Diego Leather at the newly renovated GLBT Center in San Diego.
Jim Drew won the Seattle Leather Daddy Leather Daddy title and Rusty Jones winning the Daddy's boy title at the Cuff Complex in a contest produced by the Seattle Men in Leather.
Eric Edelstein became Mr. North Coast Leather 2003 at the Russian River.
James Quiroga from Lancaster, CA won the Mr. Pistons Leather 2003 title at Pistons in Long Beach in front of 200 Leatherfolk.
Khol and Sage were the winners of the Mr. and Ms Santa Clara County Leather titles at Waves in San Jose.
The Mid States Leather Contest saw Hallie from Steubenville, OH win the Ms Mid States Leather 2004 title and Jim Nelson from Indianapolis capture the Mr. Mid States Leather 2004 title at the Center in Cincinnati.
Pegasus Productions produced the Second Annual Texas Leather Family Weekend which included the Texas Leatherman and Texas Leatherboy 2004 Contest in Houston with proceeds benefiting The Colt 45's.
The Second Annual Southwest Leather Conference, held at the Holiday Inn at Arizona State University in Tempe was a success as Master Z and slaveboy  tony were named Southwest Master and slave 2004 and a series of inspiring workshops and seminars pleased about 100 Leatherfolk in attendance.
Remi Collette who is Mr. Leather Zelda’s 2004 became the new Mr. Leatherman Toronto and Mr. Black Eagle 2004 Alan Anderson was  named Mr. Leather Fellowship 2004 on Saturday night, November 29 at Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada.
The Mr. Belfast Leather 2004 Contest was won by Colin Blair at the Custom House Bar in Belfast, Ireland.

News and Politics

The Leather Archives and Museum received a check in the amount of $5,679.56 from the Leather Literary Project.
Hundreds of pounds of donated clothing rolled in during the Leather community kickoff party for the Fifth Annual Together, Miracles Will Happen clothing drive at Daddy's as Leather and Imperial Court titleholders gathered to launch the month-long clothing drive that benefited the St. Anthony Foundation of San Francisco.
The search for hot meat to grace the pages of the 2004 SOMA Bare Chest Calendar began with the Mr. January Contest. The Calendar benefits the AIDS Emergency Fund.
Instigator Magazine made its debut to the Leather community at Mid Atlantic Leather..
Men descended upon R Place for a fundraiser benefiting the People of Color Against AIDS Network (POCAAN) in Seattle.
The Second Annual CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) took place in Cleveland and was a huge success with over $15,000 raised for charity The primary beneficiaries were the LGBT Center in Cleveland and the Leather Archives and Museum.
The Georgia Supreme Court struck down a 170 year-old law that made it a crime for unmarried people to have sex. The January ruling came in the case of a 16 year-old boy discovered having sex with his girlfriend in the bedroom of her home. The young woman’s mother made the discovery. "Our opinion simply affirms that ... the government may not reach into the bedroom of a private residence and criminalize the private, noncommercial, consensual sexual acts of two persons legally capable of consenting to those acts,” Chief Justice Norman Fletcher wrote.
The Second Annual CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend) took place January 24-26 in Cleveland, OH and was a huge success with 400 in attendance and over $15,000 being raised, triple the amount collected in 2002. The primary beneficiaries were the LGBT Center in Cleveland and the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago.
An Evening With Daddy, a fund raiser for the AIDS Emergency Fund produced by SF Leather Daddy XX Tony Koester, was a celebration of Daddy Alan Selby’s 74th birthday on February 7 in San Francisco.
34 individuals, clubs, businesses and organizations were honored at the Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards Show at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL. The major awards and winners were: Man of the Year, Randal Kinnear and Scott Parker; Woman of the Year, Fetish Diva Midori; Lifetime Achievement Award, Judy Tallwing McCarthy; Community Choice (Man), Tom Stice; Community Choice (Woman), Annie Romano-Blas and Forbearer, Cynthia Slater. The Awards Show opened with To Those Who Have Served in the military, police and fire departments in the U.S. and friendly countries. Kay Hallanger led the presentation of colors.
The South Plains Leather Fest weekend saw an estimated 800 Leatherfolk descend upon the Radisson Hotel in Dallas for a weekend of workshops, dungeon parties, vendors, the Mr. and Ms South Plains Leather 2003 Contest and the International Masters and Slaves 2003 Contest.
Daddy’s hosts the second annual party to honor the Bay Area nominees for Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards. The party poked gentle fun at the awards with a few “special” awards of its own: “Our Hidden Treasure Award,” The “Most Likely To Have Nominated Themselves” Award, The “Lake Michigan Award” (popular with tourists in the summer; hard all winter) and The “Weather Channel” Award (least likely to know just how cold Chicago is in February).
Known as the Queen of Mean, New York hotelier Leona Helmsley was ordered to pay former Park Lane Hotel manager Charles Bell $11,200,000. "He claimed that she 'made him feel like dirt' and called him by a gay slur before firing him. She claimed that he threw rude parties and gave his friends too many discounts, most notoriously one weekend when a group of them paraded through the lobby dressed in Leather on the way to the Black Party, a gay men’s bash at Roseland." said the New York Times.
The Third Annual Breast Cancer Dinner at the San Francisco Zoo and hosted by Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt and producer Mark Paladini raised $9,000 for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.
Mr. Palm Springs Daddy Bear 1999 Edward Espindola Mr. Tool Shed Leather and Dennis Cramer hosted fundraising events in Palm Springs in March that raised $2,500 for charity, including a teddy bear pool party at Chaps Inn.
Trial By Fire, the latest CD by Robert Lloyd Anderson debuted in March.
Doug Harris hosted A final gathering of friends and family at the home at The Sanctuary Of The Dark Angel on Saturday, March 22. Attendees were asked to bring a brief statement or small memento of their time at the Sanctuary over the last 10 years which were acknowledged and placed inside a sealed repository for a future time.
Popular Toolshed bartender Mel Dylak suffered a series of strokes while on vacation and is hospitalized in early March. The Palm Springs bar put together a fund raiser to help Mel with his medical expenses and the result was donations of $5,600.
Governor Kenny Guinn has appointed Robert Texter, aka Grand Master Beau, as an Ambassador to the Silver State of Nevada.
On March 14 the Leather Rose was visited by City of Chicago Revenue agents; these agents were seeking evidence that there was a Public Place of  Amusement, one of the issues for which the Leather Rose was previously cited. The LRA was founded in 2002  as a nonprofit organization to qualify for an exemption under the Chicago PPA ordinance. City of Chicago Revenue officers repeatedly attempted to gain admission to the LRA through the payment of a single evening fee. The agents did not shut the club down; although they did leave a citation for the PPA.
The Lure, which made a major positive impact on the Leather community in New York and nation wide, closed in early April.
An Easter Basket Auction at Daddy's in San Francisco raised $3,000 for the programs of the Stop AIDS Project. Lenny Broberg did an amazing job as the auctioneer while Snatch and Donna Sachet kept things lively with their performances.
Winners of each of the 22 Golden Dildeaux Awards were announced at the Eagle Tavern in San Francisco.
Tribal Fire 2003: The Journey Continues took place the weekend of April 4-6 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Edmond which is a suburb of Oklahoma City. Tribal Fire was sponsored by NLA: Oklahoma City. Tribal Fire drew about 200 registrants.
Grey Rose Productions of San Diego, CA made it known that their IML 2001 Video has been nominated for a 2003 Gayvn Award which is the adult entertainment industry's version of the Oscars.
A panel of Southern District of New York judges including Circuit Judge Robert D. Sack, District Judges Richard M. Berman and Gerard E. Lynch unanimously agreed that Barbara Nitke and the NCSF must be given an opportunity to prove that the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is overbroad, banning speech that is protected. The judges agreed that “local community standards” may threaten speech whose value is not understood as “serious” by an audience unfamiliar with alternative lifestyles.
The Seventh Annual Leather Leadership Conference: Forging Links: Strengthening Ourselves was held April 11-13 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. Patrick Califia presented the keynote speech.
Boy's Training Camp V was held in Dallas and included an all-intense weekend of training for those identifying as a submissive Leatherboy.
The Bullet in North Hollywood, CA celebrated its Fifth Anniversary on Friday night, May 3.
Gauntlet II celebrated its 19th Anniversary along with a send off party to IML for Mr. LA Leather 2003 Stephen Blackwell on May 9 in Los Angeles.
The Tom of Finland Foundation presented its Third Annual NYC Erotic Arts Festival at the Lesbian and Gay Center in New York, NY.
Folsom Fair North Productions presented Folsom Fair North on July 20 with the beneficiaries being the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and 519 Church Street Community Centre.
Although there had been a heat wave hit California just before the weekend, it was perfect for the Dore Alley Street Fair in San Francisco.
International Mr. Leather 1979 David Kloss and Mr. Leather Fellowship Toronto 2001 Remi Collette were legally married at Toronto City Hall at noon on Friday, July 11, 2003.
The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom named Eden Sarfaty as its executive director.
Great Lakes Leather Alliance Weekend which also included over 24 workshops, three dungeons, a poolside Dom/slave auction, a cookout hosted by the Midwest Bearpack, several Leather contests and a dessert table hosted by the Indiana Falcons.
Calamus Communities became a 92 unit resort retirement facility in the heart of downtown Phoenix. This facility consisted of one bedroom and studio apartments geared towards the special needs of the gay and lesbian retiree and was founded by Vern Johnson.
After Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt had her car broken into during Labor Weekend in San Francisco, CA with over $2,000 of Leather and personal stolen. Among the stolen items was her famous red and black corset that she loves so much. The corset turned up in a thrift shop nearby only a few days later.
The Second Annual Southern California Leather Gathering was held in the East Shore Picnic Area of Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas.
The Cell Block's Celebrity Guest Bartenders fundraising and awareness campaign for The Center On Halsted, Chicago’s new GLBT Community Center saw over 40 community celebrities serve as guest bartenders at the Cell Block, serving drinks on Sunday afternoons. All tips received by guest bartenders were donated to the Center with $4,330.50.
American Leatherman 2002 Rich "RTB" Trevino and his partner New England Mr. Drummer 2000 Daniel J. Rabone teamed up with Gay Coffees, to offer Grind, Wet and Enjoy, a fundraising campaign throughout North America to benefit the Leather Archives and Museum and the Gay Mens Domestic Violence Project.
International Ms Leather 2003 Tammie Nelson and Midwest Ursine Indiana editor John Schmitt have started the Protect our Past and Future Fund.
The weekend of August 22-24 was a special one at Saratoga Springs Resort in Lake County as 244 Leather/Levi men and women gathered together for Leather Levi Weekend III. Leather Levi Weekend was established to encourage those interested in any of the facets that make up the greater Leather community by proving them a weekend where they could sample a bit of everything, and to do so at their own pace in a safe and Leather-positive atmosphere.
Whipmaster Robert Dante of Southern California set the Guinness World Record for Fastest Whip in the World by cracking 203 times in one minute, using a Mike Murphy six-foot bullwhip.
CineKink NYC featured a specially selected program of films and videos that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of alternative sexuality. In addition to screenings, plans for the event also include a short film competition, presentations, parties and a gala kickoff fundraiser.
The Tool Shed bar of Palm Springs celebrated its 10th Anniversary.
The Ninth Annual Tom of Finland Foundation Erotic Art Weekend took place in West Hollywood's Plummer Park.
Leather University's Dungeon 801 weekend was held in Fort Lauderdale with an enrollment of 200 people from five countries on three continents.
The Board of Directors of Folsom Street  Events distributed $246,000 to the designated beneficiaries for Up Your Alley (Dore Alley Fair) and Folsom Street Fair XX at  a gathering at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown San Francisco.
Tramps provided a dinner with a family style atmosphere for Santa Saturday West which took place at the Free Zone in Las Vegas in late November. Santa Saturday West raised slightly over $1,000 to spend on the children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
The welcome mat was out no longer for Gay tourists in parts of Louisiana and Maryland. In the name of protecting “Christian family values,” two Leather conferences were yanked, including the “Fetish in the Fall” festival in Kenner and the Black Rose convention in Ocean Park.
The Woodhull Freedom Foundation (WFF) and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) jointly conducted an open forum regarding the opposition against educational and social conferences at the Radisson Hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Mr. Palm Springs Daddy Bear in 1999 Edward Espindola produced a Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Desert AIDS Project Food Bank at the Barracks that netted over $2,200. In addition, approximately $700 worth of food that was donated.
The Tool Shed’s Annual Christmas Stocking Program, which benefited clients of the AIDS Assistance Program completed its 2003 donation and sponsorship drive in Palm Springs with over $7,000 being raised in cash contributions which was used to fill 400 stockings, 40 were for children.
The Fifth Annual 12 Days of Christmas smashed previous records raising  $6,004 for charities. Even amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, folks packed the Hippo in Baltimore, MD to attend the Hooker and Boys production. 2003's show  dubbed It’s Gonna be a White Trash Christmas, Hon! opened with a hillbilly portrayal of I’m Dreaming of a White Trash Christmas.

Books and Publications

The publisher of O, an adult fetish magazine lost a lawsuit that claimed that television star and self-improvement guru Oprah Winfrey’s publication, also named O was tarnishing his trademark, a New York court ruled in February German publisher Brockmeyer’s magazine have rarely appeared in the United States since 1995.
Tim Brough of Vulcan America fame and author of numerous short erotic Leather/SM/Fetish stories came out with a book containing 17 of his hottest stories titled Black Gloves White Magic.
Daedalus Publishing announced a new work by the former publisher of Drummer Magazine and San Francisco Leather columnist Robert Davolt titled Painfully Obvious: An Irreverent and Unauthorized Manual For SM/Leather.

Internet

The New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Jewish BDSM Match was a new E-mail group dedicated to Jewish Dom/mes, subs, Tops, bottoms, and those that love them.

New on the Scene

Black BEAT (Black Expressions, Alternative Tastes), Washington, DC;  Black Gloves White Magic by Brough, Louisville, KY
Calamus Communities, Phoenix, AZ; Cavaliers Motorcycle Club, New Orleans, LA; Community Forum on Asians and Leathersex, kinky GAM and the Pacific Islander Wellness Center, San Francisco, CA; Folsom Fair North Productions, Folsom Fair North, Toronto, Canada; Instigator Magazine, Los Angeles, CA; Las Vegas League of Gentlemen, Las Vegas, NV; Latin Leather Club, San Francisco, CA; Leather Girl Network, San Diego, CA; LeatherPost.com, Redwood City, CA; New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Jewish BDSM Match; Mama's Leatherman Contest, San Francisco, CA; Midwest Bound Magazine, Wichita, KS; Minnesota Storm Patrol, Minneapolis, MN; National Leather Association: Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Palm Springs boys of Leather, Palm Springs, CA; Together in Leather, North Carolina; Women's Educational Board (WEB), Central Texas; West Coast Pup and Trainer Contest, Los Angeles, CA

Milestones

45 Years: Oedipus Motorcycle Club, Los Angeles, CA
35 Years: Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club, Denver, CO; Spartan Motorcycle Club, Alexandria; Texas Riders Motorcycle Club, Houston, TX
30 Years: Bucks Motorcycle Club, Langhorne, PA; Gateway Motorcycle Club, St. Louis, MO; Let Us Entertain You Weekend (LUEY), Houston Council of Clubs, Houston, TX; Regiment of the Black and Tans, Los Angeles, CA; Trident: International, Detroit .
25 Years: California Cyclemen Motorcycle Club, 25th Anniversary Run, San Diego, CA; Centurions, Columbus, OH; Highwaymen TNT, Washington, DC; International Mr. Leather Contest, Chicago, IL; Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest, San Francisco, CA; Pocono Warriors, Rahway, NJ; Reading Railmen, Reading, PA
20 Years: Avatar Club of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Centaur Motorcycle Club, Washington, DC; Cowtown Leathermen, 20th Anniversary Run, Fort Worth, TX; Folsom Street Fair, SMMILE, San Francisco, CA; Leather Pride Night Auction, New York, NY
15 Years: Arizona Power Exchange (APEX), Phoenix, AZ; Atlanta SM Solidarity, Spring In The South XV, Atlanta, GA; Corps Of Men Making A Noticeable Difference Motorcycle Club (COMMAND), Baltimore, MD; The 15 Association, Boot Camp XV, San Francisco, CA; Knights of Leather, Tournament XV, Minneapolis, MN; Leather Pride Flag, Tony DeBlase; NY Renegades, New York, NY; Panther L/L, Prowl XV, Atlanta, GA; Seattle Leather Daddy/Boy/Grand Daddy Contest, Seattle Men in Leather, Seattle, WA; Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Tulsa Uniform Leather Seekers Association (TULSA), Oklahoma Mr. Leather Contest, Tulsa, OK
10 Years: Icon Detroit, Detroit, MI; Key West Wreckers and Ship Wreck X, Key West, FL; Tool Shed Bar, Palm Springs, CA
Knight Hawks of Virginia, Norfolk, VA; Leather Knights, Camelot X, Dallas, TX; Potomac Motorcycle Club, Washington, DC; Suncoast Motorcycle Club, St. Petersburg, FL; Trident Knights, Charleston, SC
Five Years: Boy's Training Camp V, Dallas, TX; Bullet Bar, North Hollywood, CA; Leather Tribe, Leather Nation: Volume V, The Leather Journal, Los Angeles, CA; Lexington Lyons Leather/Levi Club, Lexington, KY; Radical And Wicked Women (RAWW), Los Angeles, CA; Men of Discipline, Washington, DC; Minotaurs Motorcycle Club, Concord, NH; NLA: New Orleans, New Orleans, LA; Suncoast Eagle, St. Petersburg, FL; TIES, Minneapolis, MN, Thunder in the Mountains, Denver, CO; 12 Days of Christmas, Hooker and Boys, Baltimore, MD

Gone, But Not Forgotten

 

The Lure, a bar which made a major positive impact on the Leather community in New York and nation wide, closed in early April.

The Rochester Rams reported that Derek Hasley Stevenson, a longtime member of the Ottawa Knights passed on in 2002. Derek was a member of the Knights for 13 years, serving as president and secretary as well as being on every one of the club's committees during that time span. He assisted with the Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull Contest since 1992.

Richard Chatterton,  beloved member of the Leather tribe and respected leader of the San Diego community,  died early in the morning,  Monday, January 27, 2003, at age 34. He was born June 8, 1968.  Richard served as an effective and proud ambassador of the Leather community to the wider world. with the same integrity and pride that he had served his country in the US Navy. He was posthumously presented the Southern California Regional Pantheon of Leather. He served as Chair of Club X San Diego.

James "Jim" Kane died on Wednesday, February 12, 2003 from complications of strokes, at the age of 75. Jim was a founding member and officer of the Rocky Mountaineers Motorcycle Club. Following the reorganization of the Janus Society in San Francisco, Jim became a board member there, and also a regularly contributing faculty member for Janus educational programs. Cynthia Slater, the founder of the Janus Society, became Jim Kane's tenant in an apartment building he owned with his slave, Ike Barnes. Photos of Jim's basement dungeon appeared in a Drummer Magazine photo-essay called, Dungeons of San Francisco.

Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC) member Roger Luttrell passed away on February 17, 2003. He was a creative force and talent in the Bay Area, designing costumes for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, distributing baskets for the Godfather Fund at Highland Hospital and building sets for the Alameda County Leather Corps. Roger served as ACLC president and was named the club's Member of the Year in 1999.

1970 - March 13, 2003

Beloved American Leatherboy 2001, Bryan “Pup” Mullikin departed this life Thursday, March 13, 2003 at his home in Chicago. He was 33 years old. Bryan died of an accidental drug overdose. He served as president of the DC Boys of Leather for two years.

Daddy Caspian, Texas Leatherman 2003, passed away peacefully at home at 4:50 AM May 23, 2003 with his Leather Family by his side.

Perry Morris, co-owner and proprietor of Ringold Alley, San Diego’s Leather store and tailor, died on Friday, August 1. His idea to host Leather/Fetish nights at Wolfs became an instant success, simply from the credibility that he lent to these events.

Susan Kaplan, 56, passed away on July 6, 2003. Kaplan was an active member of Congregation Or Chadash. Sue did volunteer work for over 10 years with Leather United, Dedicated and Safe, CDG, and organizations, including International Mr. Leather, for which she served as transportation co-coordinator for the last three years. A volunteer for the Chicagoland AIDS Walk in the early years, Sue was instrumental in galvanizing the Leather community’s assistance for the event.

Christopher Smith, 29, died early Sunday morning, August 10, 2003.  An accomplished musician and composer, Christopher was born in New Jersey on November 20, 1973. Raised in Marin, he attended Marin Academy and studied music composition at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson in upstate New York.

Greg Ammell passed away Sunday, July 27, 2003 while on vacation in San Juan Puerto Rico. Greg, originally from Pittsburgh, was a former Mr. Cleveland Leather, a founding member of Stallions, and also a founding member of New Age in Leather (NAIL). Greg was one of the co-proprietors, with David Laws, of Law’s Leather and owner of the Tool Shed/Crossover bar in Cleveland.

Dale Dissinger from Cincinnati, OH passed away. Dale founded and owned Acme Toy Company which was primarily electric play and was an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club.

Born in 1914, Felix Jones passed in the morning of August 27 at age 87. His birthday would have been September 7. His partner Jim was with him as he passed. Felix was once Tom of Finland’s agent in England and was founder of SNC London and cofounder of RMC London. Felix was a founder of the Leatherscene in the 1940s and 50s in both Europe and America. Larry Townsend's Leatherman's Handbook was dedicated to Felix in a group of a few men who inspired Larry. He served in World War II as an Army officer and afterwards worked many years in the City of London. Felix was an honorary member of The 15 Association of San Francisco and SNC/London as well as RMC.

Charles Lamar died is his home on Friday August 29,2002 of natural causes. Charles was a member emeritus of the Atons of Minneapolis.

A memorial service for Kerry Migues was held on Thursday, September 15 at St. Mark’s on North Rampart Street in New Orleans, LA. Migues was winner of the first Wally Look-Alike Contest benefiting local AIDS groups.

Henry  “Drake” Jakubowski died of congestive heart failure on Sunday, October 26, 2003. Henry was very well known in the Leather/Fetish community as Drake. He was a master body piercer. Drake was a long time volunteer with the Buddy Program of AIDS Project Hartford, and a former board member. He was an active player and supporter of Delta and several other Leather/Fetish organizations. He worked closely with Roy of Leather Harvest.

Chuck Lance passed away near New Orleans, LA during the fall. He held the Mr. Louisiana Leather 2000 title and was a bar manager at the Phoenix in New Orleans. Chuck was also on the Pantheon of Leather board of directors. He was a very gracious host to visitors of his home town and was loved by the Leather community in New Orleans.

The oldest (a member since 1980) and one of the dearest members and the longest standing member of the Fraternal Committee of The 15 Association passed away on December 13. Fred Vasalanic suffered a stroke and was hospitalized on December 7. He was attended by his friend Larry Blake. Fred suffered a massive stroke from which he could not recovered.

Rev. John J. Lysogorski, 53, of Latham, N.Y. died Saturday, November 15, 2003 at Albany Medical Center Hospital embraced by his family. He worked as chaplain at Albany Medical Center and became the head of Pastoral Care for Catholic Charities Diocesan AIDS Services. Father John was a board member of the Capital Regions NAMES Project and Support Ministries. He was the chairperson of the Schenectady Damien Center Task Force and the Troy Area AIDS Collation. He was an active participant of the Ryan White HIV Care Network. Father John was also a member of the National Association of Priest Pilots and STARS Motorcycle Club

Rodney Jordan-ross; made his transition on Saturday, December 6  following treatment for Lymphoma. He served the HIV/AIDS community across Northern California as cochair of the Mendocino Community Health Center Community Advisory Board; and as a member of the Mountain Counties Aids Consortium in Northeast California.  He received honors for his service at the HIV Drop-In Center in Clearlake, CA.

The Leather Community mourned the passing of Howard Fleming of Gouverneur, NY who died on Monday, November 24, 2003 after a short but courageous battle against lung cancer. Howard, 56 years old, was a native of Lyons Falls, NY,  and was a veteran of the Armed Services of the United States. Howard was a member of the American Legion. Howard was a charter member of the Utica Tri’s, MC of Utica, NY, treasurer of ABLE Productions (American Brotherhood Weekend Contests). He was an associate member of the Rochester Rams and the Ottawa Knights.

Dave Lewis, President of Seattle Men in Leather, passed away of an apparent heart attack on Sunday, December 14, 2003. Dave was a charter member of Seattle Men in Leather, joining in October of 1989.  That same month, Dave won the title of Seattle Leather Daddy 1990. Dave also served on the SML steering committee, as president of Generic Leather Productions of Washington, on the board of Outdoor Adventurers Club.

On Monday, December 15, 2003, Master Dean Walradt passed away with family at his side in Dallas. Dean Walradt received the President's Award at Pantheon of Leather in 1995 and the South Central Regional Award. Dean was the founder of the National Leather Association: Houston and served as one of its first cochairs and president and secretary from. Dean was instrumental in bringing NLA: International’s Living in Leather (LIL) VIII to Houston.  In 1997 he joined NLA: Dallas and served as cochair from 1999 to 2001. After the successful LIL VIII, Dean was named director for LIL IX. in Toronto, Canada. He directed the conference for its 10th Anniversary in Portland, OR where he received NLA: I's Order of Merit. The NLA named Dean Man of the Year 2001. Leathernetwork.com, Leather by Boots: Dallas, boy’s Training Camp, Master’s Retreat, and the multitude of projects and events that Dean was associated with continued as part of his legacy to the community.

2002

September 30, 2002

2002

The Leather Journal

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Clubs

The Oedipus Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles installed its 2002 officers at a ceremony on February 2. Andre Rigden was crowned Rex LXVIII. The officers were road captain Jeff Wacha, secretary Stephen Brown and treasurer Dale Sapp.

About 100 Leatherfolk celebrated the Cal Eagles Motorcycle Club's 18th Anniversary party on Saturday, February 2 at Holy redeemer Church Hall in San Francisco, CA. The new officers were president Tony Gangloff, vice president Ken Kalstein, treasurer Santo Aloisi, corresponding secretary Kris Achuthan, recording secretary Mike Lipsie, master of arms Kris Achuthan and road captain Morris Lyons.

The 36th Annual Inter Club Fund Motorcycle Awards Dinner was held at the Most Holy Redeemer Church in San Francisco, CA on Saturday night, February 16. The Golden Gate Guards cleaned house when they left the church with six honors while the Cal Eagles and the Phoenix Uniform Club each grabbed three.

The Long Island Ravens MC celebrated their 10th Anniversary in February 2002 with an anniversary dinner dance and run at the Holiday Inn in Ronkonkoma, NY.

The bidding was fast and furious as The LA Boys of Leather held its first Boy/Boi Auction at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles, CA on February 22. $1,600 was raised for the Lupus Foundation and the LA Leather Coalition.

The 15 Association celebrated its 22nd Anniversary with a formal dinner at the Officers Club at Fort Mason and two hot dungeon parties the weekend of February 22-24 in San Francisco. Dave Rhodes and Peter Fiske presented the club the award they won for Small Event, Boot Camp XII, the weekend before at Pantheon of Leather in Chicago.

The Denver Leather Uprising, a new Leather/Uniform/Rubber event for 2002, a night of social gathering and fun was held April 5 at Maximillian's in Denver, CO. Uprising was spearheaded by Mr. Leather Colorado 2002 Jon Langoni.

Jo Arnone, Lesbian Sex Mafia (LSM) cofounder did a demo on flogging on Friday, April 19 at the Center in Manhattan, NY.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans presented their Spring Maneuvers Uniform Weekend April 19-21 in Los Angeles.

The Tradesmen Leather Club of Charlotte, NC held Trademark XVI: Back on the Chain Gang at the Sheraton at the Airport the weekend of May 3-5 with about 125 registering for the full weekend and about 450 attending the Leather Ball on Saturday night at the new Charlotte Eagle.

St. Louis Leather and Lace held Beat Me In St. Louis VI in St. Louis, MO the weekend of April 26-28 with noted Leatherman and author of The Master's Manual Jack Rinella author of The Loving Dominant John Warren topping the bill.

The Dallas boys of Leather (DboL) was the newest boy group to hit the country. The charter officers were president boy shawn, vice president boy tim, treasurer boy tony, social/activity coordinator cub stace and historian boy gary.

Tsarus Memphis celebrated their 25th Anniversary with Aida XXV the weekend of May 3-5 at a private campground outside Memphis, TN.

The Cal Eagles MC went on their Grass Valley run the weekend of May 11-12 through the central valley to Sierra Foothills in California.

The Gay Male S/M Activists (GMS/MA) elected new officers in June. New board members were Scott "Coyote" Hill, Santiago Duverge, Michael J. Horowitz, Gene Kahn, Daniel Kitchen, Drew D. Kramer, Tip McGuire, Richard L. Powell, Bill Stokes, Jim R. Ward, and Anthony J. Williams. They joined continuing board members Elliot J. Cohen, Gil Kessler, Fred Little, and Joe O'Sullivan. The new officers were chairman Michael J. Horowitz, president Gil Kessler, vice president Anthony J. Williams, treasurer Drew D. Kramer, executive secretary Richard L. Powell and membership secretary Santiago Duverge.

On Saturday, May 11, the men of the Promethean Guard gathered at The Den in New Brunswick, NJ to celebrate their Third Anniversary and installation of their new executive board. The new officers were president John Ramos, vice president Bruce E., treasurer Ernie Rivera and secretary Miklos Kiraly, Jr.

The Washington, DC chapter of the Defenders Leather Levi Club held their 10th Anniversary Celebration May 17-19, starting with a Blessing of the Bikes, cosponsored by Spartans MC, in front of the Tool Shed.

The Golden Gate Guards of San Francisco and the Golden State Bears of Fresno, CA combined efforts for a weekend together in Yosemite, May 17-19.

Avatar Club of Los Angles presented their annual Exploratorium: Cirque du SM at a private dungeon space in North Hollywood on May 18. About 150 attended the three-ring events and they were not disappointed.

The San Diego Boys of Leather hosted their first BOYFEST the weekend of May 17-19 which included the Southern California Leather Daddi/y and boi/y Contest. The primary beneficiary of BOYFEST 2002 was The Lupus Foundation of America.

Several Southern California motorcycle club members led the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19 as over 100,000 spectators lined the downtown streets to observe. Among those riding were the Satyrs, Warriors, LOBOC and Oedipus motorcycle clubs as well as several independent riders.

The Alameda County Leather Corps reported that by the end of May it has raised almost $13,000 for a variety of charities and causes.

A committee of 13 local men and Ms St. Louis Leather Pride 2002 organized a Leather 101 Weekend at JJ's Clubhouse and Bar in St. Louis the weekend of May 31 - June 2. The weekend offered classes geared for the curious, the beginner, and to re-energize the Master. The special guest was Leather Archives and Museum director Rick Storer.

The Oedipus Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, CA hosted a run to Idyllwild June 1-2, staying at the mountain cabin of two club members.

The first pansexual Southern California Leather Gathering took place at Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park in San Dimas on Saturday, June 6 and exposed the Inland Empire area to Leather, BDSM, Fetish, Motorcycle and Bear groups.

Raising $2,618 in just four hours, the Sizzling Summer Service Sale at Daddy's in San Francisco on Sunday, June 9 benefited the National Foundation for Cancer Research. The benefit was produced by San Francisco Leather Dyke Grrl 2002 Kim.

On Wednesday, June 12, LUC of LV (Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas) held a special election for two vacant positions on its board. Chris Reynolds was elected president and Phillip Hallon ran unopposed for secretary.

San Francisco Drummerboy 2001 Jack Garcia and Mr. Edge Leather 2002 Scott Brogan founded the San Francisco Boys of Leather. The formation meeting was at Daddy's on June 15.

In one of the wildest of family gatherings, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. joined the Leather Daddies of San Francisco for a bawdy three-hour fundraiser, raising close to $2,000 on Father's Day at the Eagle Tavern on Sunday, June 16.

The 19th Annual Leather Pride Night Auction (LPN) was held at The Puck Building in New York, NY on Saturday, June 20 that benefited the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), Pride Senior Network, Heritage of Pride (HOP), People of Color in Crisis and the St. Luke's HIV Services. About $15,000 was raised.

The Phoenix Uniform Club celebrated its 25th Anniversary with its 11th Annual Uniform Leather Ball in San Francisco, CA.

The Chicago Hellfire Club joined The 15 Association in San Francisco for Gay Pride Weekend, June 28-30, marching in the gay pride parade and participating in The 15 Association's monthly play party.

There was a new cigar club in Dallas, TX named the Lone Star Cigar Men. They started out of the gate by hosting Smoking up Fort Worth on July 13 at The Coral Club.

The Atons of Minneapolis celebrated their 30th Anniversary with their sold-out XXXtreme Run July 19-21 at a campground in New Ulm, MN. 110 people attended and 19 Leather clubs were represented. The Mid America Conference of Clubs held their spring meeting during Gopher XV.

GMS/MA treasurer Drew Kramer and president Gil Kessler presented donations from Folsom Street East VI's net proceeds of $32,319 as follows: A check for $12,000 to LGBT Community Services Center president Richard Winger; $10,000 to Rivington House and a symbolic presentation of a check for $10,000 to GMS/MA.

Trident: Windy City feted its 10th Anniversary the weekend of August 2-3 with an in-town run which included club receptions, a walking enduro and a banquet at Ann Sather's.

Nimbus from Grand Rapids, MI held their 25th Anniversary with a weekend run at Douglas Dunes. The theme was Cruise To Alaska and had clubs from all over the Midwest represented.

The Rogues Leather Levi Club of Roanoke, VA hosted Tournament VI: Cartoon Mania the weekend of August 16-18.

The Trident Knights held Inquisition 2002 the weekend of August 22-25 at the Parliament Social Club and Resort in Augusta, GA which benefited the Sue Kuhlen Camp For Kids With HIV And AIDS.

The Rochester Rams held Rams Run XXVII: Truckstop at a private campground the weekend of August 23-26.

MC Faucon celebrated their 25th Anniversary: Migration 2002 August 23-25 in Montreal, Canada.

The Seattle Men in Leather reported that an average attendance of about 30 men have been attending their mid-month Tribal Instinct nights at the Wet Spot in Seattle, WA.

Spearhead Toronto named its officers for 2002-2003. They were president Michael Morrell, vice president eStevan DeCastro, treasurer Ron Gullis, membership chair Don Wilkins, operations chair Jack Mackness and publications chair Doug Embury. Acclaimed committee positions are archivist Brain Morrison, membership Joe Poirier and member at large Bruce Slater.

The MP's NorthEast hosted their Fourth Annual Camping Run at Coastal Acres Camp Ground in Provincetown the weekend of August 23-25.

Salt Lake City's Club Blue and the Wasatch Leathermen's Association hosted their second annual Blue Alley Fair on Sunday, August 25.

The Centaur MC of Washington, DC held Olympia XVII during Labor Day Weekend at a private camp ground just about an hour outside Philadelphia.

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club hosted their annual Labor Day Weekend Run To Badger Flat August 30 - September 2 high up in the mountains east of Yosemite and Fresno, CA.

The Chicago Hellfire Club held Inferno XXXI the week of September 5-11 in rural Western Michigan. The run was held in two sessions which were sold out with 225 men attending each.

The following weekend Delta International held a similar men's BDSM run in rural Eastern Pennsylvania with around 300 attending. A good number of men attended Inferno and Delta.

The Corn Haulers LL celebrated their 26th Anniversary with Corn Ball 2002 the weekend of September 13-15 in scenic downtown Des Moines, IA. The theme was A Dr. Seuss Fantasy Weekend.... Would You? Could You?

The Regiment of the Black and Tans of Los Angeles, CA installed their new officers on Sunday, September 15 at the Eagle Rock home of Mr. Sister Leather 2001 Robert Blackmon and Rick O. The new officers were commander Jeff Schoonover, vice commander Will Hildreth, second lieutenant corresponding secretary Kevin Casey, comptroller Ken and recording officer Jeff Toelsin.

The Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA) turned 10 year old in September. A series of bar nights in Los Angeles and Long Beach bars celebrated the milestone. American Leatherman 2001 Jeffrey Cooper took over the reigns of the group.

Over 400 Leatherfolk attended SM Odyssey's Folsom Fringe: Odyssey Island at the Sheraton Hotel in San Jose, CA the weekend of September 27-29.

The Crescent City Outlaws held Jailbreak II: South of the Border the weekend of September 27-29 in New Orleans, LA.

Butchmanns Academy of Tucson, AZ and the Arizona Power Exchange (APEX), a BD/SM-lifestyle organization located in Phoenix, AZ announced the newly established APEX Academy/Butchmanns Experience..

The Leathermen's Discussion Group (LDG), in its seventh year hosting sex-positive education programs for the Leather community, announced the relocation of its regularly scheduled programs to Blow Buddies in San Francisco, CA.

The AIDS Emergency Fund received $9,000 from money collected by The 15 Association at the Dore Alley Fair in San Francisco, CA.

The National Leather Association: Dallas Chapter awarded lifetime memberships to three Dallas Leathermen in recognition of their contributions to the Chapter and the Leather community as a whole. The recipients were Mark Frazier, Johnny Grey and Hardy Haberman.

The officers for the South East Conference of Clubs (SECC) included president Sam Winkler, vice president Danny LeCompte, scribe David Wright, treasurer George Tresch and sergeant at arms Jim Grigg.

smOdyssey produced a hot weekend on Odyssey Island: FolsomFringe 2002 in San Jose, CA September 27-29 which had 400 registrants. Workshop presenters, included Midori, Jeff Tucker, Cleo Dubois and Fakir Musafar, Phantom Master and FemCar. There were two huge dungeon parties.

The Golden Gate Guards held their annual Weekend Extravaganza Run To Camp Mendocino: Sweet Sixteen October 4-6.

The Third Annual New York SM Film Festival took place October 8-13 and featured a program of films and videos that explored various aspects of sadomasochism, bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, role play and fetishes. Presented by TES, the festival also included demos, a brunch, a special fundraising gala and an SM play party.

VASM (Vancouver Activists in SM) celebrated their 20th Anniversary October 11-13 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

AEL (Alternative Erotic Lifestyles), an Albuquerque, NM based pansexual organization, celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a well attended play party.

Leather University presented Dungeon 701 in Fort Lauderdale the weekend of October 11-13 with a huge list of workshop presenters including Bob Bender, JD Dykes, Drake Ferguson, Mark Frazier, Monica Glass, Catherine Gross, Rick Jackson, Jack McGeorge, David Palm, Parker Perry, Glenda Rider, Yossie Silverman, Scott Smith, Sharrin Spector, Frank Strona and Lolita.

The Men of ONYX celebrated their Seventh Anniversary with a weekend of revelry in Chicago the weekend of October 11-13.

The National Leather Association: Dallas presented Beyond Vanilla XII at the Holiday Inn Select in Dallas, TX the weekend of October 18-20. Fetish Diva Midori from San Francisco was the keynote speaker.

The Lone Star Cigar Men presented Smoketoberfest on Saturday, October 19 at the Dallas Eagle in Dallas, TX. Proceeds from Smoketoberfest went to The Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse as well as Camp Quality, USA.

Gateway MC held Show Me XXIX the weekend of October 25-27 in St. Louis, MO.

The NCSF announced that four new coalition partners had joined the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom in the fall of 2002. Avatar Club of Los Angeles, OhioSMART, Riverbound, and Satyricon of Madison, WI were accepted as coalition partners, bringing the total to 27 educational and social groups that have a leadership role in NCSF.

On November 3, the Golden State Bears of Fresno, CA hosted a teddy bear drive to benefit the Marjaree Mason Center during their monthly beer bust at The Den. The theme was 100 Years of The Teddy Bear. The total count was great, almost 60 bears were brought in.

The Leather Network held Master's Retreat V in Chicago, IL November 8-11 which was produced by Master Roy Hendrick of Houston, TX. Jack Rinella assisted along with Steve Sampson of Butchmann's SM Training Academy who was the keynote speaker.

The Santa Clara County Leather Association presented Leather Weekend: In the Realm of the Senses in San Jose November 8-10 with a community fair at Metropolitan Community Church with demos and vendors and Craig Scofone's erotic art and photography on display.

Women at Amsterdam Leather Pride 2002 drew about 175 Leatherwomen to Amsterdam, NL the weekend of November 8-10.

The Gay Male S/M Activists (GMS/MA) held their Annual Leather Fest the weekend of November 13-15. Events included a Leather Marketplace, workshops and an art show at the LGBT Center in New York.

The Trident: Los Angeles Hall celebrated its 15th Anniversary the weekend of November 15-17 with a banquet at a private North Hollywood residence on Saturday night, a cocktail party on Friday night and a beverage benefit on Sunday afternoon at Gauntlet II.

On Saturday night, November 23 the Golden Gate Guards of San Francisco, CA had their 16th Anniversary Party. About 150 people filled the hall at the Most Holy Redeemer Church in the Castro.

Play House Studios held Just Play '02, a play party weekend for women at the end of November.

NAIL (New Age in Leather), a new Leather fraternity started in Cleveland, OH.

The Atons of Minneapolis, MN's annual fundraiser to benefit The Aliveness Project was held at the Saloon on Sunday, December 15 with nonperishable food shelf items collected for the Project.

Logan's Playground, a sanctuary for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Phoenix, AZ, was the designated charity for the Leatherlords second Annual Holiday Toy Drive. They combined efforts with the Phoenix boys of Leather, Phoenix Body Positive and several local businesses.

The Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas raised $ 3,100 to purchase toys for children infected or affected by AIDS so that the children could have a Christmas. Grand Master Beau, his companion Bill Thurman and the Leather men in the Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas, Desert Brotherhood and the Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire.

The Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas raised over $5,000 for four Baltimore, MD area charities on December 14 at The HIPPO in Baltimore. The charities were the AIDS Action Baltimore, Moveable Feast, Annie's Children and The Sylvia Lynn Foundation at Chase Brexton Health Services.

The Chicago Leather Club (CLC) was formed in Chicago. CLC's primary goals were to support good causes for those less fortunate and to support the Leather community. Among the causes CLC supports are Toys for Tots, the Chicago Hellfire Club's McAdory fund and the Leather Archives and Museum.

Avatar Club of Los Angeles, CA named its new officers. They were president David Taber, vice president Dr. Lawrence Burden, secretary Bruce Towe, treasurer Tom Mathie, and board members Alan Stroik, Mike Van Horn and Jeff Wacha.

The first Moncton Leather Chapter Toys for Tots was a success. The founder of the Moncton Leather Chapter and coproducer of the Mr. Leather Moncton, New Brunswick contest was Steve Laviolette.

The Warriors MC of Los Angeles, CA new officers were president Tom Thompson, road captain Tom Merrifield, secretary Steve Harman, treasurer Charles Atkinson and quartermaster Greg Glander.

Leather Titles

The winner of the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2002 Contest held during Martin Luther King Weekend, January, 18-20, was COMMAND president and Mr. Double L Leather 2001 David Baldwin from Baltimore, MD. First runner-up was NE Mr. PA Leather Jim Shear and second runner-up was Jack Miller from Kansas City. The judging panel included Michael Marino, Vern Stewart, Joni Perrie, Jim McGlade, Stefan Mueller, Annie Romano-Blas and Mike Zuhl.

Daniel Hernandez was named Mr. Faultline Leather in the wee hours of Saturday morning, January 26 on the Faultline patio. Ken Kurras was the runner-up.

On January 25 and 26 in Anchorage, AK, The Last Frontier Mens Club held their Ninth Annual Black and Blue Ball. Jay Schwartz walked away with the title of Mr. Alaska Leather 2002. Other titles and their winners were Mr. Bear Alaska Bill Skitt, Alaska Bear Cub Jeff Ridder and Mr. Alaska Levi Steve Nolen.

The Dallas Eagle in Dallas, TX was packed like a sardine can on Saturday night, January 26 when Stephen Weber was named Mr. Leather Texas 2001.

Vince Rexx from Vancouver, BC became the new Mr. British Columbia Leather.

Ely Yaron was tops of five contestants vying for the Mr. Bullet Leather 2002 title on Saturday night, February 2 in front of a fully-packed bark.

Daddy's bar was jam packed on Friday evening, February 8 as Dan Alexander was declared Mr. Daddy's Leather. Lenny Broberg was the evening's emcee.

Scott Briscoe was named the winner of the Mr. Padlock Leather 2002 contest, held the weekend of February 8-10 at the Padlock Leather/Levi bar in Phoenix, AZ.

Scott Brogan won the Mr. Edge Leather title at the Edge in San Francisco on Wednesday night, February 13 with T.J. Istvan serving as emcee in a packed bar.

Raynaldo Garcia emerged victorious as Cell Block/Male Hide Leatherman 2002 in front of a packed Cell Block bar in Chicago on Saturday night, February 16. Six men vied for the title.

The Mr. Sister Leather 2002 Contest at Gauntlet II was won by Italian stallion Angelo Simione on Saturday night, February 16 in front of a full house.

The Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2002 Contest saw Butch Arnold from New Orleans, LA and Sasha von Haner from Atlanta, GA named the winners at the Chicago Eagle on Sunday night, February 17. In the men's competition, Mr. Alabama Olympus Leather Sam Guss was first runner-up and second runner-up was Mr. Georgia Olympus Leather Reggie. Ms Indiana Olympus Leather Mistress Kendra was first runner-up.

The new Mr. Powerhouse Leather was Adam Heller.

On February 23, Todd Lee Althiser, aka pup jesu was named Mr. Ozarks Leather at Bar One in Springfield, MO.

JD Hart was chosen to represent Cleveland, OH as Mr. Cleveland Leather 2001 on February 23.

On Saturday, March 2, Tom Dickerson was chosen out of seven high-quality contestants as Mr. San Diego Leather 2002 in front of 600 at The Hole in Point Loma, CA.

Maria Takenakos took the title of Ms Alaska Leather and Andraya (bulldog) Boudreaux walked away as Ms Alaska Bootblack in Anchorage, AK on March 2.

Keith Chester was named Mr. Ashram West Leather at the Faultline in Los Angeles on Saturday night, March 2 in front of about 250 Leatherfolk.

The new Mr. South Plains Leather is Ed Whittler who won his sash as part of South Plains Leather Fest in Dallas, TX on Saturday night, March 2.

On Sunday, March 3, Wayne Butzer was chosen Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2002 in front of a capacity crowd at the Eagle with seven men competing.

Peter Jackson, sponsored by Stompers Boots, became Mr. San Francisco Leather in front of a full house at Club Townsend in San Francisco on Friday night, March 8.

The winners of San Francisco's Dyke Daddy and Dyke Diva contests were Vick Germany and Miss Billie at 715 Harrison in San Francisco, CA. $2,225 was raised for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

Paul O' Rourke was named Mr. Michigan Leather at the Dunes Resort in Saugatuck on Saturday, March 9.

Rod Freier was declared the winner at the third annual Mr. Salt Lake City Leather Contest, held on Saturday night, March 9, at Club Blue in Salt Lake City, UT.

On March 9, Charlie Clemens became Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2002 and Geri Farley was named Ms Philadelphia Leather 2002.

All eyes were on the Mr. Bavarian Leather Contest in March because that was the stepping stone for Stefan Mueller when he won the International Mr. Leather title last year. The stunningly hot Alex Katzer was the winner.

Hooker and Boys Productions premiered the Maryland Leather Sir and Leatherboy contests at the Hippo on Friday night, March 15 with Marc Anderson becoming Maryland Leather Sir 2002 and Keith Reeves being named Maryland Leatherboy 2002. The Brotherhood Award was presented to Keith Reeves.

Chris Reynolds was named Mr. Las Vegas Leather 2002 on Saturday, March 16, at the Holiday Inn Emerald Springs in Las Vegas, NV.

Don Anspauch became Mr. LA Leather at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night, March 23 in front of more that 750 Leatherfolk in a contest sponsored by the Los Angeles Leather Coalition.

On Saturday, March 23, John Porzondek was presented the Mr. Detroit Eagle 2002 title. Larry Kunkle won the title in the November contest, with John as runner-up. Due to Larry's recent death, the title was awarded to John.

Regiment of the Black and Tans member Jeff Toelsin was named Mr. Pistons Leather on Saturday, March 30 at Pistons in Long Beach, CA. Runner-up Dart was named Mr. Long Beach Leather.

Udo Reichelt-Schaurer from Landau/Palatinate was named German Mr. Leather 2001 in front of over 1,000 cheering spectators at Matrix in Berlin, Germany on Easter Sunday, March 31.

STARS MC hosted their Eighth Annual Leather Pride Weekend April 12-14 in Albany, NY. The weekend included the Mr. Empire State Leather 2002 Contest.

The first Ms. Sooner State Leather title was won by Julia Keathley of Oklahoma City. The new Mr. Sooner State Leather was Michael Harned of Oklahoma City.

The French Quarters came a live with Leather Friday and Saturday night, April 12-13 at the Rawhide Bar in New Orleans, LA where Matthew Majewski became Mr. Rawhide Leather 2002.

Leather history was made at the Boston Ramrod in Boston, MA on Saturday night, April 20 when Michael Moran was named New England Leather Sir and Rich Nordin was chosen New England Leatherboy. The New England contest was the first regional held for the new International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest.

Mr. Leather Western Michigan 2002 Greg Young from Kalamazoo was sashed at the conclusion of the fourth annual contest on Saturday evening, April 20 at Brothers Beta Club.

The new Mr. Leather Montreal was Andre Patry, having won his title on Saturday night, April 27 at 1 Aigle Noir. The contest was sponsored by MC Faucon.

The 2002 American Leather Family was American Leatherman Rich "RTB" Trevino, American Leatherwoman Tobin Britton and American Leatherboy kip davidson. RTB stands for Rich The Bear. American Brotherhood Weekend was held in Washington, DC, April 26-28

The first Northeast Leather Sir was Coyote and Northeast Leatherboy was Rob Hargraves in a contest held at the Roxy in New York, NY the weekend of May 8-12.

The South Central Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest was held at the packed Dallas Eagle May 17-18 in Dallas, TX with Dwayne Mitchell from Oklahoma City and boy tim honnell the Sir and boy winners. Four Sirs and five boys competed.

Barry Fiddick of the Lone Star boys of Leather from Houston and Margaret of the T-Bears were named Mr. and Ms Lonestar XV on Saturday, May 25 at Buzzard's Peak campground near Cameron, TX. The contest was part Lonestar XV and Firedance XV which were combined.

The Mr. Ebony Leather 2002 Contest was won by Vince Edd at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL on Friday night, May 25.

Texas might have had the largest cocktail party on Friday night, May 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL, but their real partying began on Sunday night, May 26 at the Congress Theater when Mr. Texas Leather 2002 Stephen Weber was named International Mr. Leather 2002 by IML executive producer Chuck Renslow. Mr. Leather Holland 2002 Borisz Mos was first runner-up and Mr. DC Eagle 2002 Herb Kaylor was second runner-up. Michael Lanzini from the New York Eagle was presented the International Mr. Bootblack 2002 trophy by producer David Hawks.

Lou Molnar of Miami was named Florida Leather Sir and Jeff Pipkin of Orlando became Florida Leatherboy on Sunday June 16 at the GLCC in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Master Scott and slavette were chosen International Master and slave 2002 during South East Leather Fest in Atlanta, GA the weekend of June 14-16.

The first Southeast Leather Sir was John Derek and the first Southeast Leather boy was John Mark. The contest was held as part of South East Leather Fest in Atlanta in June.

George Schwand and Princess Stephaney were the new Mr. and Ms Knight in New Orleans.

The Second Annual Ms. Sunshine State Leather Contest saw slave O best three other Leatherwomen at the Sea Monster.

Stephen Bloom was named Padlock Leather Sir 2002 and Keith Tomlinson became Padlock Leatherboy 2002 on July 4 in Phoenix, AZ.

William "Bam" Coleman became International Mr. Deaf Leather on Sunday, July 14 at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. First runner-up was Doug Dickinson from Dublin, CA and second runner-up was Dennis Hart from Philadelphia, PA. No women entered.

Ralph Wood captured the Mid Atlantic Leather Sir title while Jose Gutierrez took the Mid Atlantic Leatherboy sash. The contest was sponsored by the Highwaymen TNT.

John Grisamore and Mistress Myna became Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather on Saturday, July 13 at the Hill and Valley Club in Hayward.

An enthusiastic crowd was on hand at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL on Friday, July 19 to see Tony Warfield become Illinois Leather Sir and Philip Redmond selected as Illinois Leatherboy.

At a combination contest and anniversary celebration, activist and organizer Tony Koester was named as San Francisco Leather Daddy XX near midnight on Friday, July 26.

The Ohio Leather Alliance held their Leather Weekend and Leather Sir and Leatherboy contest the weekend of July 26-27 and the winners were Sir Don Leach and Boy Ed Schultz.


Russ Cosgrove of Calgary, Alberta, Canada was named International Ms Leather 2002 at Club Joy in Omaha, NE on Saturday night, July 27. Cosgrove is the first woman outside the United States to win the International Ms Leather sash. Rebecca Harbert was first runner-up and Linda Elaine from Atlanta, GA was second runner-up. Five women competed. International Ms Boot Black 2002 was Kari LaVecchia from Baltimore, MD.

Bill Mitchell was named California Leatherman, Dean Bramlett chosen California Leatherwoman and Boy Jeff selected California Leatherboy at the Ramada Plaza on Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday evening, July 27.

Hillside Leather Sir 2003 was Fred and Hillside Leatherboy was cubby hole at the Hillside Campground on July 27.

Mr. Deaf San Diego Leather 2002 was Juan Zazeuta of San Diego, CA and Ms Deaf San Diego Leather 2002 was Renata Millet of Oceanside, CA in a contest held on July 27 in front of 125 Leatherfolk.

Bootblacks joined together at the International Ms Leather contest on July 28 to present the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) 23 checks totaling $4345.64. NCSF treasurer Leigha Fleming received the check.

Mr. Oregon State Leather was Mack McCall and Maria Webster and Maria Webster was Ms Oregon State Leather. The Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather Contest was just one component of Portland Oregon's Leather Pride Week of events held August 2-11. The mayor of Portland even sent out a proclamation from the City it was officially Leather Pride Week in Portland. The religious right was not amused and made their feelings known.

Tom Fierros of Phoenix, AZ was named Southwest Leather Sir 2002 and Keith Tomlinson became Southwest Leatherboy 2002 at the Quality Hotel and Resort in Phoenix on Saturday night, August 3 in front of about 200 Leatherfolk.

Eric Partridge was chosen Northern California Leather Sir and David Shorey was named Northern California Leatherboy at the Odd Fellows Hall in Guerneville, CA on Saturday night, August 3.

The sophomore year of the Ms World Leather Event on the weekend of August 9-11 saw Karen McGee of Jacksonville, FL win in Dallas, TX.

The Argonauts of Green Bay, WI and Castaways of Milwaukee, WI chose Andy Schaidler of Milwaukee to be Mr. Northwoods 2002 during the club's annual open Joint Run in rural Hilbert, WI over the weekend of August 16-18.

Don Leach was chosen Great Lakes Leather Sir and Ed Schultz was selected Great Lakes Leatherboy at Greg's Our Place in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday night, August 24.

Eric and Carrie Crouse, members of the Steel Valley Leather Club, won the titles of Mr. and Ms Upper-Ohio Valley Leather 2003 on Saturday, August 31, in front of over 200 Leatherfolk at Club 2000 in Steubenville, OH.

Rich Dockter, Director of Thunder in the Mountains Leather Event and coproducer of the Rocky Mountain Mr. and Ms Leather Contest along with Jon Langoni, announced that because of an error in tallying the scores for Rocky Mountain Mr. Leather in July, Jason Harris, the proclaimed winner has now accepted the title of first runner up and Arnie Melton, the previous first runner up, has now been named contest winner.

Will Brunner emerged from a field of six contestants as the 20th San Francisco Leather Daddy's Boy at the Eagle Tavern on September 1.

Adam Kaplowitz-Sayer, who resides in Connecticut, was named North Atlantic Leatherman 2003 and little dan from Albany, NY was selected to be North Atlantic Leatherboy 2003 at a contest held by the Utica Tri's in Utica, NY the weekend of October 4-6.

On Saturday, October 5 Mario Bourgeois was sashed as Mr. Atlantic Canada Leather 2003 at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The first Ms Illinois Olympus Leather was Charlotte and the first Mr. Illinois Olympus Leather was Bruno Mondello. The contest was held at the Chicago Eagle on Sunday night, October 6 in Chicago, ILl.

Tony Hess became Mr. Western New York Leather 2003 during that competition's 10th Anniversary in Syracuse, NY.

The Mr. Toolshed contest was won by Dennis Cramer at the Toolshed in Palm Springs on Saturday evening, October 12.

The first International Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest took place at the Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg, FL the weekend of October 10-13 with Dale Breuning of Palm Springs, CA winning the Leather Sir title and Jose Gutierrez of Baltimore, MD won the Leatherboy sash. Northwest Leatherboy Tristan Steel and Florida Leather Sir Lou Molnar were the runners-up. Northeast Leatherboy Rob Hargrave was the winner of the Golden Whip Award, a decision made by the Leather Sir and Leatherboy contestants.

Richie Johnson was chosen to be Oklahoma Mr. Leather on Saturday night, October 19 with over 200 people in attendance.

On Saturday, November 2 a panel of seven judges chose sheryl dee to be Ms San Diego Leather 2003 and Suzy Koenigs to be first runner-up at The Hole in Point Loma, CA.

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert hosted their annual Palm Springs Leather Pride the weekend of November 7-10 with the highlight being the Mr. Palm Springs Leather Contest won by Mr. Barracks Don Mentink.

William "Rubberwilli" Schendel was named Mr. International Rubber 2003 as about 250 cheered at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL. First runner-up was John Reddy from Alexandria, VA and second runner-up was Elmar Koeller from Marpingen, Germany.

WOOLF (Wichita Organization Of Leather Fetishes) sashed Kansas' first two Leather titleholders, Mr. Kansas Leather Anthoney Perkins and Kansas boy Leather Vincent Andrew November 9 in Wichita, KS at the Our Fantasy Complex.

Dad John Smock was named the first Great Lakes Handler and Charles dogboy Werner was chosen Puppy at the Great Lakes Puppy Contest at the Cell Block in Chicago, In early November.

Mr. Florida Leather 2003 was Dave Thomas who won in Fort Lauderdale.

Kurt Pierce was named Mr. Pistons Leather on Saturday night, November 16 in front of almost 150 Leatherfolk at Pistons in Long Beach.

Over 400 Leathermen gathered at the Detroit Eagle on November 16 to see Peter Mitchell narrowly win.

The DC Eagle celebrated their 31st Anniversary over Thanksgiving weekend with Larry Barat being selected Mr. DC Eagle 2003.

Daddy Caspian was named Texas Leatherman 2003 and boy joe became Texas Leatherboy 2003 at Mary's in Houston, TX.

Mr. Tri State Leather was Dennis Mascher and the first Ms Tri State Leather was Ruby R. in Cincinnati, OH.

Paul Ciantar was selected as Mr. Leatherman Toronto. Stephen Pentecost was named Mr. Leather Fellowship.

The first Gulf States Olympus Leather Contest was held December 13-15 in Pensacola, FL, at the Emerald City Bar. Master Robert and Angel Melly were chosen.

Mr. Lure 2002 Walt Weiss celebrated his 50th birthday on Friday, December 13 by hosting Leather, Lace and Laughter, a benefit for Teens Prepared for Life. Over 200 people attended the event emceed by Frank Nowicki and Sybil Bruncheon at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in New York City. Total proceeds from the evening were over $14,000.

News and Politics

CLAW (Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend), held January 25-27, was a huge success with $5,000 being raised for the LGBT Service Center of Cleveland and the Leather Archives and Museum. Mr. Cleveland Leather Dennis McMahon hosted CLAW with the assistance of Mr. West Michigan Leather Robert Miller.

My Vicious Valentine was scheduled to meet in Rosemont at the Radisson Hotel O'Hare, but returned to the site of previous conventions, the Ramada Plaza O'Hare, for their Fifth Annual My Vicious Valentine Weekend. This left the "traditional biblical values" group fit to be tied, and it lodged new complaints against Ramada.

The Leather Archives and Museum entered a new era at the beginning of March when Rick Storer took over as executive director. Storer has lived in Chicago for 12 years and has worked as a volunteer for International Mr. Leather and the Leather Archives and Museum and was actively involved with Masters and Slaves Together.

Pantheon of Leather XII saw Jo Blas named the recipient of the Woman of the Year and Community Choice (Woman) Awards. She and her significant other Annie Romano-Blas captured the Couple of the Year honors to complete a hat trick at the Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards held at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL on Saturday afternoon, February 16. Ed Moore from Washington, DC was named Man of the Year.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) launched the NCSF Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 corporation. The NCSF Foundation would take the lead in fundraising for the important educational and advocacy programs started by NCSF.

SM High: Class of 2002, scheduled for March 15-17 in Fort Lauderdale, FL was canceled after the host hotel, which has worked with Leather University for the previous four years on a variety of events, had a complete change of management and administrative staff.

Over 500 Leatherfolk from all over New England packed the Boston Ramrod on Saturday, March 9 for the second annual American Brotherhood Fantasy Tour to benefit the Leather Friendship Fund. The Tour raised over $1,200.

The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund Annual dinner was a great success and a lot of fun with over $8,000 being raised by ticket sales and the silent auction on March 29 at the Officers Club in San Francisco, CA.

The District of Columbia Sexual Minority Advocates (DCSMA), an informal advocacy forum in Washington DC, has been working to make useful on-line tools available to the SM/Leather/Fetish communities through its web site, www.dcsma.org These handbooks were developed by the Baltimore Educational and Social Society and donated to DCSMA.

On April 5, Behind The Scenes was raided by City of Philadelphia officers from L and I, Vice, and The Narcotics Task Force. No arrests were made. Nothing was confiscated. BTS was, however, shut down and told to get a different use license.

The Leather Leadership Conference VIÂ (LLC VI) held at the Marriott Hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA the weekend of April 12-14 was nothing less than magnificent. The theme was, "Trust, honor, Respect: Creating community through diversity." Approximately 300 Leatherfolk were there from all over the United States along with one with a great Mohawk, Uncle Kellen, from the United Kingdom. There could not have been a club or organization from Southern California that didn't have at least one member there.

Suncoast Resort owner Tom Kiple reported that the new Tampa Eagle Compound, located on 400 foot of river frontage on the Hillsborough River in Tampa, FL, would include a main cruise bar, a large patio and bar, a mini-shopping mall including a Leather shop and a gift and video store operated by MC Film Festival.

Will Clark's Second Annual Bad Boys Pool Party in Palm Springs raised a whopping $40,000 for Aid for AIDS, which brought the gross raised by the six Bad Boys parties to $150,000.

ONE Institute and Archives, the oldest gay organization in the United State threw a benefit party on Sunday, May 12, while celebrating its 50th Anniversary. ONE Institute and Archives, founded in 1952, has accumulated the largest known collection of gay historical materials.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) urged the Cendant Corporation, the world's largest hotel franchiser, to revoke a new policy that threatens its franchisees with reprisal if they book "controversial" guests or groups that national interest groups find offensive.

A commitment ceremony Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2000 Mark Collins and his boys tonyboy and patrick boy bray was held on May 4 at the Chart House Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA.

Leather Daddy Alan Selby was named San Francisco Community Volunteer of the Year at a ceremony at San Francisco City Hall on Sunday afternoon, June 30 in front of about 250 specially invited guests. This was the first time this award has been given to a person rather than a business or organization.

Purple Passion of New York, NY announced the acquisition of DV8 another New York Leather shop.

The Los Angeles Leather Coalition hosted the first Erotic City fair at the Christopher Street West festival in West Hollywood, CA the weekend of June 22-23. The board of Christopher Street West, the organizers of Los Angeles' gay and lesbian pride parade and festival, invited the LA Leather Coalition to organize the new theme area at the 2002 festival.

Thunder in the Mountains celebrated its fifth anniversary in record style at the Holiday Inn at the Denver International Airport the weekend of July 12-14. The attendance at Thunder in the Mountains: Eat It Raw was just a handful shy of 800.

The Tom of Finland Foundation held its Second Annual New York Erotic Art Fair the weekend of July 12-14 at the Center. The New York Erotic Art Fair was modeled after the successful Erotic Art Fair held in Los Angeles in October each year.

The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, citing the "honor and grace" with which he served the community in the previous year "during which he showed great character and leadership," declared July 21, 2002 a day "in honor of Robert Davolt." Davolt organized the Leather Contingent in San Francisco's pride parade, played a major role in Alan Selby being honored and had a stellar year as San Francisco Leather Daddy XIX.

Leather/Levi Weekend II took place at Saratoga Springs in Lake County, about 140 miles north of San Francisco, the weekend of August 9-11.

The O'Reilly Factor television show invited Susan Wright, spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, to talk about NCSF's Communications Decency Act (CDA) lawsuit and the Protect Your Privacy project on its Thursday, August 8 show that aired on the Fox News channel.

The Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) hosted New Attitude, a three-day pansexual/pankink convention at the Econo Lodge in Indianapolis, IN the weekend of August 23-25. The weekend included several workshops, two nights of dungeon play, a vendor fair and a hospitality suite at the hotel and the Great Lakes Leather Sir and Leatherboy Contest and a Saturday afternoon cookout at Greg's Our Place.

Ms World Leather 2001 Annie Romano Blas presented her Fifth Annual Butch Review at The Hole in San Diego, CA on September 7 as a benefit for the Ms San Diego Leather Contest. A little over $1,300 was raised.

Several of the San Francisco Bare Chest Calendar Men made the trip to Los Angeles the weekend of September 13-15 for a benefit at Gauntlet II for the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Positive Resources Center of San Francisco.

The 19th Annual Folsom Street Fair held in San Francisco on Sunday, September 29 was attended by 200,000 people. The weather was perfect and those who attended had a ball. The weekend had numerous public events and private parties held as far as San Jose about 50 miles south of Market. The Folsom Street Fair is produced annually by SMMILE (South of Market Merchants and Individual Lifestyles) which raises funds for several Bay Area charities.

Judy Guerin announced at the September 2002 board meeting in Baltimore, MD, that she would be resigning as executive director of NCSF. During Judy’s tenure, NCSF grew to include 23 educational and social Leather/SM/Fetish, swing, and polyamory groups.

Leather University hosted a successful Dungeon 701 the weekend of October 11-13 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Well-known faculty from around the United States included Boymeat, JD Dykes, Drake Ferguson, Monica Glass, Catherine Gross, Rick Jackson, Karen Matr)ni, Kevin, David Palm, Parker Perry, Glenda Rider, Sebastian, Scott Smith, Sharrin Spector, Cristo Webb and Lolita Wolf.

Leather Fest Colorado was held the weekend of October 11-14, featuring workshop presenters of local and national fame who shared their knowledge on Leather, bondage, discipline, and SM. There was a Fantasy show, a Deka-Dance and a vendor fair.

Carter Stevens hosted his Pocono Weekend November 15-17 at the same Poconos Resort in Pennsylvania he has been using for the last six years.

The Diabolique Ball V, Philadelphia's annual charity fetish fundraiser, was held Saturday, November 16, at Transit Nightclub. Proceeds benefited ASIAC (AIDS Services In Asian Communities) and The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania.

Alan Selby was presented the Rick Salinas Outstanding Contribution Award, and Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt received the Zachary Long Hall of Fame Award during the AIDS Emergency Fund's 20th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday night, November 20 at the War Memorial Building in San Francisco, CA.

A Minnesota bondage enthusiast known on the Internet as "The True Master" was charged with killing a man who died as they were engaged in sadomasochistic sex earlier in the month. St. Paul police believed that Maceo Frank Brodnax, 53, of West Hollywood, CA, died of erotic asphyxia, which involves oxygen deprivation for the sake of sexual arousal. He was wearing a gas mask that his sexual partner, Steven Bailey of St. Paul, had covered with a plastic bag containing chloroform.

Touche' celebrated its 25th Anniversary in Chicago recently with a week of events. Highlights of the weekend included a Camaraderie and Cabaret party and show at the Leather Archives and Museum on Sunday, November 3, featuring the Men of Chicago Beef Dancers in the club room and Big Band music by Bopology.

Mephisto Leathers, a well-established Sydney Australia Leather store, joined forces with Chicago's Eric Kugelman and Sheldon Harrison to bring to Chicago Leather styled down under. Mephisto Leathers in Chicago opened on Friday, November 8.

The Barracks, a new Leather bar that opened on Saturday night, November 23 in Palm Springs, CA had a huge part with about 350 Leatherfolk attending. The bar is owned by three men including past Avatar Club of Los Angeles president Dave Murdock, John Rentsch, Carl with the services of Daddy Nick Golden.

Mr. Alameda County Leather John Grisamore and Ms Alameda County Leather Mistress Nyna produced The 10th Annual Santa's Slave Auction on December 7 at the Turf Club in Hayward, CA.

American Leatherman 2000, Pantheon of Leather board member and activist Dean Ogren received the Food for Life Award from Open Hand Chicago on December 8, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago.

The effort by Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt to collect 2002 Toys In 2002 surpassed that goal in time for Christmas. At the Boy's Toys event held at Daddy's bar on December 9, it was announced that 2,127 toys and $2,750 in cash had been collected to provide a happier holiday to kids 17 or younger with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The toy drive worked in cooperation with Camp Sunburst Projects of Rohnert Park.

International Ms Leather 2001 Joni Perrie was elected to the board of directors of the Leather Archives and Museum on December 9. Three members of the board were reelected. Melinda Chateauvert of Washington, DC, Lawrence Fox of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Robert Guenther of Baltimore, MD were elected to serve additional terms.

Sales of the holiday CD Carols Across America benefited the Positive Resource Center, AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. The album featured talented San Francisco Leatherfolk including: Johnny Hedges, Gary Virginia, Mark Paladini, TJ Istvan and the designs of Nicholas Mills.

Virtually every television network had as their lead story, or at least gave major coverage to the questioning of the experience of one of the newly-appointed United Nations weapons inspectors Jack McGeorge, by writers for the Washington Post and the Daily News. Both publications cited his experience in the Leather community. Coverage in other news media reflected the broad spectrum from conservative to liberal. Most seemed to think the attention drawn was unwarranted and the SM factor was more of a novelty than any reason to be seriously concerned. About a year before the September 11 acts of terrorism McGeorge appeared on ABC television's Nightline with Ted Koppel discussing the potential for a biological and/or chemical weapons attack on the United States by would-be terrorists.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) was all over the situation and initiated a letter writing campaign to the two publications that broke the story.

Charges were dropped against two Brush Prairie, WA men accused of keeping a sex slave in late November, 2002. Prosecutors did not believe a jury would convict William Joseph Fritsch and Michael Aaron Wilson for allegedly kidnapping, raping and assaulting a transient man for a little over a week in August.

Books and Publications

Black Books of San Francisco, CA celebrated its 10th Anniversary as an independent, edgy publisher of books on alternative sexual cultures. Black Books published the first edition of the Black Book, a national resource guide.

Internet

The Leather Archives and Museum released a CD containing erotic art images and kinky history articles. The artwork contained on the CD became available to the Leather/Fetish/BDSM community to use on web sites, newsletters, event programs and other mediums.

New on the Scene

BOYFEST by San Diego Boys of Leather, San Diego, CA; Charlotte Eagle, Charlotte, NC; Chicago Leather Club, Chicago, IL; Dallas boys of Leather, Dallas, TX; Denver Leather Uprising, Denver, CO;Â Iowa Women's Fetish Cotillion, Des Moines, IA; Latin Leather Club, San Diego, CA; Lone Star Cigar Men, Dallas, TX; MAsT: DC (Masters And slaves Together), Washington, DC; NAIL (New Age in Leather), Cleveland, OH; Ornery Women, Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix boys of Leather, Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco Boys of Leather, San Francisco, CA; Southern California Leather Gathering, San Dimas, CA; The Barracks, Palm Springs, CA; The Dungeon, Tel Aviv, Israel; Tribal Fire, NLA: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK

Milestones

50 Years: One Institute and Archives, Los Angeles, CA

35 Years: Constantines, San Francisco, CA

30 Years: Atons of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN

25 Years: Aida XXV by Tsarus, Memphis, TN; Black Guard, Minneapolis, MN; Brother Help Thyself, Washington, DC; MC Faucon, Montreal, Canada; Nimbus, Grand Rapids, MI; Phoenix Uniform Club, San Francisco, CA; Touche' bar, Chicago, IL

20 Years: AIDS Emergency Fund, San Francisco, CA; Mr. Philadelphia Leather Contest by the Bike Stop, Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco Leather Daddy and Daddy's Boy Contests, San Francisco, CA; Saber Thrust XX by Sabers MC, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Track XX by Conductors, Nashville, TN; VASM (Vancouver Activists in SM), Vancouver, Canada; Washington State Leather Pride, Seattle, CA

15 Years: Gopher XV by Atons of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN; Hot Ash, New York, NY; International Ms Leather Contest by Bare Images Productions, Omaha, NE; Trident: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

10 Years: AEL (Alternative Erotic Lifestyles), Albuquerque, NM;Â Black Books, San Francisco, CA; Defenders: DC, Washington, DC; Firedance XV by Firedancers LLC, Dallas, TX; Journeymen, Syracuse, NY; Key West Wreckers, Key West, FL; Lonestar XV, Buzzards Peak, TX; Long Island Ravens MC, Long Island, NY; Mr. Western New York Leather Contest, Syracuse, NY; Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA), Garden Grove, CA; Santa's Slave Auction by Alameda County Leather Corps, Hayward, CA; Songs of the Season by Donna Sachet, San Francisco, CA; Tampa Bay Bondage Club, Tampa Bay, FL; Trident: Windy City, Chicago, IL; Tri State Wolfpack, Cincinnati, OH; Washington State Mr. Leather Contest, Seattle, WA

Five Years: Annual Butch Revue by Annie Romano-Blas, San Diego, CA; Diabolique Ball, Philadelphia’s annual charity fetish fundraiser, was held Saturday, November 16, at Transit Nightclub. The Diabolique Ball by Fetishes Boutique, Philadelphia, PA; Holiday Ball by Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt, San Francisco, CA; Master’s Retreat V by The Leather Network, Dallas, TX; My Vicious Valentine by MJ Productions, Chicago, IL; Thunder in the Mountains, Denver, CO

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Charly Baker passed away late in the evening on February 5. He represented the Seattle community as Seattle Mr. Leather 1999, was awarded the Emerald Award for Community service in 2000, was a member of Seattle Men in Leather, contest coordinator at International Deaf Leather 2001 and served as a member of Generic Leather Productions and was instrumental in helping bring back the Drummer/Leather Sir contest system to the Pacific Northwest. Through it all however, was his lover and partner, Bruce Saari.

Brian Wadsworth passed away on March 14, 2002. He was a longtime member of the Avatar Club of Los Angeles who has served as president, vice president, and member of the board of directors. He was chairman of the membership, the rituals, the pride parade float, and the Exploratorium committees of Avatar.

Mr. Detroit Eagle 2002 Larry Kunkle, age 37 passed away on March 10 after a prolonged illness. His friends and family members and his partner Peter Mitchell surrounded Larry. He was one of the founding members of Icon Detroit. Larry was also involved with volunteering at WAGS (Wonderful Animals Giving Support) a nonprofit organization that helps people with AIDS/HIV who have pet.

At 2 PM, Friday, March 29, 2002 boy bob harris owned by Master Doug Harris of The Sanctuary of a Dark Angel in Atlanta, GA died. boy bob was Panther Prowl boy 1995, Mr. North Carolina Leather 1996, Mr. Southeast Drummer 1996 and received the Pantheon of Leather Reader’s Choice Award 1999. As the first collared submissive to hold a title, boy bob championed the voice, presence and value of boys.

Edgar Floyd Ivey passed away suddenly in his home in Fort Lauderdale on March 21 and was survived by his life partner Wayne Tepley. Ed was a very talented man, a singer, artist and award winning designer as well as a titleholder and producer of many Leather events. Ed was born on October 21, 1955. He was a long time member of the Lambda Chorale. Ed Ivey was Mr. Florida Drummer and two years later became Mr. Florida Leather. He then went on to use his theatrical talents producing Leather contests and events in South Florida.

Tony Brown, one of the original Spanner defendants, passed away on May 2 at 10:10 AM, 15 days before his 67th birthday. Brown, along with Colin Laskey (deceased) and Roland Jaggard, were three of the 12 men prosecuted in 1989 for adult consensual sadomasochist sex and whose case resulted in the infamous Spanner Judgement (Regina vs Brown et al) which changed British law such that many consenting acts of BDSM between adults in Britain are now deemed assault under British Law. Tony was an active member of the European ECMC movement and an officer of the Midlands MSC Leather Men's Club. Tony received a Centurion award from the Leather Archives, of which they were extremely proud.

Carolyn Roberts, 41, died Friday night, May 10, 2002, of an apparent massive heart attack. At the time, she was in Lake Charles, LA, with her husband, Jeff, and mother-in-law, Sha Roberts. For a decade Roberts worked at the Houston Voice including being a columnist, in which she reported items including Rodent Droppings, which were snippets of gossip from around Montrose. Roberts was a founding member of the National Leather Association: Houston and a founding member and executive officer of FIST (Females In Search of Trouble). She volunteered and assisted in numerous Houston charitable organizations, including Camp HOPE for children with HIV/AIDS. She was the recipient of a 1995 award from the Pet Patrol; the Producers Award for Don Gill Productions' Night In Black Leather (NIBL) fundraiser in 1998 and the Appreciation Award for NIBL 2001.

Stephen Scott was born May 5,1963 in Stamford, CT and died from a drug overdose in the morning of May 28, 2002 in Chicago. Stephen was the first Mr. South Plains Leather in 2001 and the first Mr. Sooner State Leather in 2000, was a Leatherman for over 12 years and served as male cochair of the National Leather Association (NLA) Oklahoma City chapter. Stephen was one of the founders of Tribal Fire. Stephen helped raise thousands of dollars for the Winds House-OKC, the Walt Whitman School-Dallas and the Leather Literary Project through various fundraising endeavors. Stephen was elected to the board of directors of the Leather Archives and Museum and served as director of Outreach and Development. He lived in Oklahoma City with his partner of six years Gregory Gray.

Jackson Kevin Myars died on May 28 of complications associated with AIDS. He was born in McKinney, TX on October 24, 1963. He began a relationship with Roger Stabel in 1994. In the early 80's Jackson served as pianist for MCC: Dallas and as choral director of the Church of the Disciples MCC in Washington, DC. He founded Shouts in the Wilderness, a group for those Christians interested in Lather while he was a member of the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas. He served as NLA: Dallas cochair and held the Mr. Texas Leather Pride 1995 title.

Philadelphians MC member Ronnie Grier passed away on May 3.

Derek Hasley Stephenson of Ottawa, Ontario died on September 12 following a heart attack at the age of 39. Derek was a member of the Ottawa Knights for 13 years, serving as president, secretary and having served on every committee the club had. He assisted with the Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull Contest since its beginning. Derek was a strong supporter of Spearhead.

Paul Westin, GMS/MA member and past board member, died due to lung cancer. He served as chairman of the membership committee and even dubbed himself Presidential Confidant when one of his best friends, Peter, was GMS/MA president.

Eric Weinmann passed away on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 18, 2002. Eric was the manager of the Edge bar in the Castro for 10 years. He had been honored numerous times for his compassion and generosity in supporting fund raisers for many causes including the SF AIDS Emergency Fund/Breast Cancer Fund, Positive Resource Center, Family Link, the San Francisco Imperial and Ducal Courts, the Leather community, the SF Gay Softball League, neighborhood and political causes, and more.

Chris Boughner passed on. For many years Chris arranged and frequently presented at the Atlanta S/M Solidarity S/M 101/201 classes. He was also a member of the South East Leather Fest staff.

Kristof “Scooby” St. Croix, born on August 7, 1966, passed on in the early morning on October 7. He was avidly involved in San Diego's Leather scene, was involved with the Imperial Court de San Diego, provided computer tech support for friends and organizations, and had a love of everything “Scooby-Doo.? In Kristof’s words, “Don’t dream up thousands of reasons why you can’t do what you want to. Find one reason why you can."

Former Rochester Ram Jack Harris passed away at the age of 71 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Harris held several offices during his membership in the Rams, including holding the office of president in 1981 and 1982.

Henry “Harry” Hay, known as the founder of the modern American gay movement, died at age 90. The pioneering gay activist devoted his life to progressive politics and in 1950, he founded a state-registered foundation and secret network of support groups for gays known as the Mattachine Society. He was also a cofounder, in 1979, of the Radical Faeries, a movement affirming gayness as a form of spiritual calling. A rare link between gay and progressive politics, Hay and his partner of 39 years, John Burnside, lived in San Francisco for three years after a lifetime in Los Angeles. He was often referred to as the Father of Gay Liberation.

Thom Saporita, a member of several Leather/SM/Fetish groups here in NYC died on Thursday, November 7 in New York, NY. Thom was former president and former treasurer of Defenders NY where he really revitalized that club and created the Indulgence event. President and treasurer was just titular because everyone on the club called him Mother. He was also a former board member of GMS/MA. Thom was an active participant on the Leather Pride Night Committee and received the Barry Douglas Community Service Award. Thom was a member of Hot Ash served as a press liaison for GMS/MA and Defenders NY and his efforts gave both organizations greater national visibility.

 

 

 

2001

August 05, 2001

2001

The Leather Journal

Information To Be added

Clubs

After a storied history of 27 years, the SFGDI Club voted to disband in January. A huge crowd turned up at the Eagle on January 20th to wish them well.
The Golden Gate Guards of San Francisco, CA named their slate of officers for 2001. They were: president Lou Grosso, vice president Andy Rose, recording secretary (Pro-Tem) Lou Grosso, corresponding secretary Keith Truitt, treasurer: Chris Kanda and road Captain, Jack Goodall.
The Centaur Motorcycle Club of Washington, DC hosted Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend 2001 the weekend of January 11-14 with Michael Marino from New York, NY being chosen Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather. he new officers for Centaur MC were president Mel Jacobs, vice president Danny Linden, treasurer Don Elliott, corresponding secretary Dan Dutcher, recording secretary Jeff Hackett, tribune Mark Rakes, road captain Steve Kenney and centurion Jim Sprada.
The Washington, DC Chapter of Master And slaves Together (MAsT) held a reception and cocktails during Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend. According to chapter master of MAsT: DC at the 1409 Playbill Cafe. A Boy Gathering sponsored by DC Boys of Leather, Drummerboys and Leatherboy Pride Productions was held at the same venue during MAL with over 100 Leatherfolk including.
The officers for the Warriors Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, CA for 2001 were president Steve Harman, road captain Eric Gilfand, secretary Tom Merrifield and treasurer: Chuck Atkinson.
The Cal Eagles had their anniversary on February 3. The new Cal Eagles’ officers were president Bill Hollabaugh, vice president Ken Kalstein, road captain Tony  Gangloff, corresponding secretary Morris Lyons, recording secretary Art Murphy, treasurer Santo Aloisi and master at arms Jamie Jamieson.
The Oedipus Motorcycle Club of Los Angels announced their officers for 2001 including Rex (president) Andre Rigden, Regent (road captain) Jeff Wacha, Thesaurus (treasurer) Dale Sapp and Scribe (secretary) Stewart Sokol.
Avatar Club of Los Angeles celebrated its 18th Anniversary at the home of Avatar  member and OCLA director Kent Arnwolt in Long Beach on Saturday night, February 10 with 110 Leatherfolk in attendance. The theme was French Foreign Legion with the chefs dressed in Legion attire.
The Ninth Annual Portland Uniform Weekend 2001, sponsored by IN UNIFORM Online and the American Uniform Association, took place February 9-11 in Portland, OR with a variety of events including a Clippers party, a tour of a local landmark, guided uniform shopping, and a formal Officer’s Dress Mess Uniform Dinner at the House of Louie.
The Tarheel Leather Club held their annual Black Hearts Ball: My Heart Belongs to Daddy at Warehouse 29 in Greensboro, NC on February 16 with funds raised going to the Randy T. Fund.
On February 17 San Francisco held the 35th Annual Motorcycle Awards presented by the Inter Club Fund at the California Club there was a three way tie for Man of the Year: Tom Galante of the GDI, Cam Solari and Philip Turner. Two special presentations were to Cam Solari, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Gary Kenyon, The Frank Benoit Award.
Oklahoma: PEP (OPEP) held Leather And Lace 2001: A Black and Blue Affaire in Oklahoma City, OK with workshops, national vendors, speakers, and presentations on February 17.
The Warriors MC held their 32nd Anniversary Party on February 24 at the home of members Tom and Dave in Burbank, CA.
Avatar's first ALL class (Avatar Leather Lab) was Cock and Ball Torture on February 28 presented by Roger of Shotgun Studios.
Panther L/L of Atlanta, GA named their officers for 2001. They were president Ron Holland, vice president Bill Jean, secretary Danny Little, treasurer Ed Graham, road captain Bruce Britton and pledge master John Mark Parker. Panther club members voted to donate $5,000 to several Georgia AIDS charities at the beginning of the year. Bob Wolford was named Panther of the Year 2000.
The month started out in Anchorage, AK with The Last Frontier Women's Club hosting Ididarod Fetish Weekend at the Days Inn Downtown. There were vendors, workshops and great pansexual play parties.
Menamore LLC held Lion’s Pride XII: Legends, The Mystical Celtic celebration of their 12th Anniversary the first weekend of March with workshop presenters including Catherine Gross, Lady D., Scott Parker and Jeremiah Parsons.
Trident: Central Florida held its Fourth Anniversary on March 3 at Steak and Ale in Orlando, FL. New Trident officers were named: president Allen Grim, treasurer Ms Rebecca, pledge master Paul H. and secretary Melissa F.
The Desert Brotherhood joined the LOBOC Motorcycle Club for a St. Patrick's Weekend Run to Palm Springs, CA the same weekend.
Saber MC of Fort Lauderdale, FL hosted its Saber Thrust XIX run at the Airport Inn in Davie, FL the weekend of March 23-25 with approximately 150 Leatherfolk from across the country attending.
The Journeymen hosted Strengthening Our Ties 2001 in Syracuse, NY on the weekend of March 23-25.
Tribe, Detroit, Michigan’s oldest Levi/Leather club celebrated its 30th anniversary run, Do-A-Fool the last weekend of March with the Wizard of Oz as its feature show at the Al Matta Hall in Dearborn, MI.
The New York Renegades held their annual Rites of Spring run at a gay resort in the Poconos the weekend of March 30 through April 1. Rites of Spring included workshops, hands-on explorations and social events, all focusing on the ritual aspects of SM play and Leather relationships, both as fantasy and reality.
The Portland Leather Alliance (PLA) presented KinkFest 2001 in Portland, OR, the weekend of March 30 - April 1 with educational workshops, BDSM vendors, catered lunches, and evening play parties. Featured presenters included Joseph Bean, Parker Perry, M. Christian, Peter Fiske, Carol Queen, The Frugal Domme, Robert Dante, Rich Dockter, Brian Conway, Stacey, Bob Walter and Ann Justi.
Northwind hosted rubber aficionados from around the world at  Rubbout X in Vancouver, Canada the weekend of April 6-8 with a Friday night party at the Pumpjack and a Saturday swap meet hosted by VASM.
The San Diego boys of Leather celebrated their First Anniversary party on April 7 with fantasy presentations by Ms Leather San Diego 2001 Melanie Toews and boot blacking by Suzy Koenigs.
The San Francisco Pacific Bears became a new club in April in Guerneville, CA and was home-based at the Russian River Eagle.
The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their annual Spring Maneuvers run in Los Angeles County April 20-22 with 110 Leatherfolk attending the formal Commander's Dress Mess at the home of Mr. Pistons Leather 1999 Sean Reilly and Jeff Toelsin in Long Beach where Sean was inducted as the newest member of the club.
Atlanta S/M Solidarity held Spring in the South 2001: Fulfillment April 27-29 with New York's GMS/MA members Michael Horowitz, Gil Kessler and Bob Pesce providing hands-on workshops at the Sanctuary of A Dark Angel.
The Coastal Empire Sentinels of Savannah, GA and the Trident Knights LLC of Charleston, SC joined forces to produce Come Together weekend April 27-29 at Sherwood Plantation in Hardeeville, SC.
The Constantines of San Francisco and friends rode to Reno, NV for their annual two-night run, Reno 2001: An Oddity Of Space the weekend of April 27-29.
May 5-7 the Tradesmen of Charlotte, NC celebrated their 15th Anniversary with Trademark XV: Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Porn star Wade Neff was the guest star from Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Utica Tri's celebrated their 15th Anniversary the first weekend of May at the Radisson Hotel in Utica, NY. Besides the big formal dinner the group toured the Beardslee Castle.
Tsarus of Memphis, TN held their big spring weekend run, Aida 2001, on a 1,000 acre wooded area about 90 minutes outside Memphis near the historic Shiloh Civil War battlefield, May 5-7.
The Shipmates of Baltimore named their new officers who were president Gabriel Saavedra, first vice president Rodney Burger, second vice president Roland Scheuber secretary Travis Moose and treasurer John Drey.
The Highwaymen TNT hosted the Second Annual Conference of Conferences in Washington, D.C. during their 23rd Anniversary celebration and Bearfest 2001 on the weekend of May 11-13. Representatives from the Atlantic Motor Cycle Coordinating Council, the South East Council of Clubs, the Mid-America Conference, and the Texas Council of Clubs met to discuss issues that are facing the regional councils.
The Knights of Leather Tournament pansexual run was held May 18-20 at St. Croix State Park group campsite outside Minneapolis, MN.
Avatar Club Los Angeles held their Avatorium, formerly Exploratorium on Saturday, May 19 in the San Fernando Valley. The event featured several SM/Fetish demos for Leatherfolk to observe.
It was announced that the Living In Leather XVI Conference, hosted by the National Leather Association and scheduled for July Fourth Weekend would be cancelled and that the event would be held in Dallas in July 2002.
The Satyrs Motorcycle Club, known for ending the summer bike club run season with its Run to Badger Flat during Labor Day Weekend each year, hosted a successful Run To The Roundhouse, Nellie (He Can't Corner You There) run May 25-28 at Camp Wasewagon in the San Bernardino National Forest.
A Gay Asian Leathermen Workshop Series KinkyGAM, a new project designed to support gay Asian leathermen and Asian men who identify with the Leather/SM community and/or practice, or are considering the practice of Leathersex including BD/SM began in San Francisco.
The Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) elected George Wong of Avatar Club Los Angeles, as Chairman Pro Tem, on June 4 at its monthly meeting.
On Friday, June 8, the Atlanta Boys of Leather (ABOL), a recently formed organization for self-identified Leatherboys, hosted a cocktail party at SouthEast LeatherFest provided a wonderful space for event participants to change gears between an evening of contests and a night of Leather festivities.
Defenders: Denver LLC held their 10th Anniversary with a dinner and community awards ceremony at the Restaurant at BJ's the weekend of June 9-10 in Denver, CO Clark Thompson, owner of the Denver Triangle bar received the Appreciation Award.
The DC Boys of Leather Celebrated their second anniversary June 15-17 in Washington, DC. The club started the weekend off at the DC Eagle with a silent auction fundraiser, raising over $2,000 for Brother Help Thyself.
The Oberons of Milwaukee, WI celebrated their 14th Anniversary with Acorn XIV: The Un-Run at the Best Western Inn Towne.
On Sunday, June 17, GMS/MA hosted their fifth Folsom Street East (FSE) festival in the meat-packing district in New York with approximately 4,000 men and women from as far as Toronto and San Francisco attending. 22,000 was raised, $16,000 going to the Center and $6,000 to Rivington House.
The Key West Wreckers presented Ship Wreck VIII: On the Rocks the weekend of June 21-24 at Lighthouse Court in Key West, FL with over 150 attending.
The Phoenix Uniform Club of San Francisco held its 10th Annual Uniform Leather Ball in the Green Room of the War Memorial Building on June 23 where about 400 Uniform/Leatherfolk attended. The ever popular City Swing big band payed while the talented Gail Wilson sang several songs from the Big Band Era.
GMS/MA members elected the following members to serve two-year terms: Elliot Cohen, Robert Jeffries, Gil Kessler, Fred Little, and Davien O. In addition, Daniel Kitchen, the new education committee chairman, joins the board as an ex-officio member. They were joined by ongoing board members Gary Chefetz, Tom Dennison, Andrew Harwin, Bruce Marcus, Joe O'Sullivan, David Wallace, and Mike Youngs, at GMS/MA's Annual Board Dinner, where the board elected the following officers to serve for the coming season, chairman Bruce Marcus, president, Andrew Harwin, vice president, Gary Chefetz, treasurer, Gil Kessler, executive secretary Elliot Cohen and membership secretary David Wallace.
The Tarheel Leather Club of Greensboro, NC hosted Stars and Stripes In Leather XI: A Camp Odyssey the weekend of June 29 - July 1.
The Satyrs and Warriors motorcycle clubs went on a joint Pines to Palms Run, June 29 - July 1, in Palm Springs, CA.
The Shipmates of Baltimore, MD held Keelhaul 2001 at Camp Ramblewood near Darlington, MD the weekend of June 29-July 1.
 The Rocky Mountaineers MC went into the Rockies for their Golden Fleece Run XXIX: Will Jason Survive? at a campground in the mountains near Denver, CO the weekend of July 4-8. The run featured motorcycle rider/buddy and people events, contests for best campsite, a hunt, enduro event, scavenger hunt, the GFR XXIX Opening Ceremony Show, presentation of club colors and cocktail parties.
The Warriors MC cohosted a weekend run July 6-8 in Palm Springs with Satyrs MC.
On Sunday, July 15, at the Inter-Club Fund’s Beer Beverage Benefit, held on the Eagle Tavern’s back patio in San Francisco, CA, Brett Brockschmidt first officer of the Phoenix Uniform Club accompanied by other Phoenix members, presented Peter Fiske of the Aids Emergency Fund a check in the amount of $5,500. This amount represented more than 50 percent of the proceeds of the Phoenix 10th Annual Uniform and Leather Ball, and proceeds from the Silent Auction held at the Ball.
A new BDSM organization, the Baltimore Educational and Social Society (BESS) started to serve consenting adults in downtown Baltimore.
Trident International: Toledo held 2001: A Space Oddity at the Clarion Hotel, Clarion Hotel, in Toledo, OH on July 20.
The Atons of Minneapolis, MN went out of town to New Ulum for A Classic Campout July 20-22.
The Satyrs MC celebrated their 47th Anniversary with a two-day run the last weekend of July to the Ponderosa South in Escondido, CA before returning.
The Eulenspiegel Society (TES) celebrated their 30th Anniversary with TES 30 in Somerset, NJ the weekend of August 10-12. The event was a hit with attendees and vendors despite intervention from the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control. Over 1,500 people attended from 35 states, with 70 vendors, and the event featured over 100 educational classes.
The MPs Northeast held their Third Annual camping run at Coastal Acres Camp Ground in Provincetown the weekend of August 10-13 which included a Purgatory party.
The Lone Star boys of Leather were one year old the weekend  of August 17-19 in Houston, TX. The weekend included the first International Puppy Contest and a hunter green dance.
The National Leather Association International announced it’s new Executive Council voted upon during the board meeting on August 19. The new board included president Victoria Knight, vice president Hardy Haberman, Ryan Shaw, secretary Treasurer (through September 2001) Christine Baker, wisdom keeper Spencer Bergstedt, chapter representatives: for Houston Douggie “Bulldawg” Decker, for Dallas Jamie Ferguson, for Columbus Eric LaVoie, for Edmonton Gary, for New England Dawn; members-at-Large Drake Cameron, Boy Dean; membership chair TJ McKinsey, policy and procedures chair Robert Owen and Living In Leather conference director Mark Frazier.
The Rochester Rams hosted Rams Run XXVI: Jailbreak the weekend of August 24-26 at a campground at Seneca Lake. Jailbreak was the Rams' version of a "penile institution."
Spearhead of Toronto hosted over 150 people at their Round-Up 2001: Superheroes and Villains run the weekend August 31 - September 3. The theme is Superheroes and Villains.
"The Legendary Event That Started It All," the Satyrs Motorcycle Club's Run to Badger Flat took place over Labor Day Weekend in the mountains northeast of Fresno, CA. This run shrunk in recent years, but a big revival among motorcycle clubs helped it get some of the big crowds back.
The Capital Leathermen of Raleigh, NC celebrated their 11th Anniversary at the Clarion Hotel over the same Labor Day weekend in Raleigh. The run featured food, cocktail parties, workshops, and a pool tournament.
The Lords of Leather know how to party in New Orleans and when Southern Decadence comes around each Labor Day Weekend they don't disappoint.
Another Labor Day Weekend bash that has become popular was State Fair hosted by the Philadelphians Motorcycle Club at Valinor Farms in rural Pennsylvania.
Proving that no club is immune to producing a Labor Day run, the Ozark Mountain Men held OMM 2001: Camp Rainbow Run at the Cactus Canyon Campground near Ava, MO.
Leatherfest XI (LF XI) marked the first major Leather Event for Club X since the San Diego Six incident in October 1999. The last Leatherfest hosted by Club X was in April of 1998. Leatherfest XI was held at the Riviera Resort and Racquet Club in Palm Springs over Labor Day Weekend with over 50 workshops to attend, a huge vendor area, the first Boy and Girl Training Academy conducted at Leatherfest, and to top it off, a dungeon with over 27,000 square feet of usable space. This was one of the last big events out there before the world suddenly changed.
The Chicago Hellfire Club hosted Inferno XXXI at a private site in Western Michigan. It was an Inferno like any other when, during Session B, the compound was abuzz with word that planes were crashing into American landmarks all over the place. Many went into the resort's bar where live coverage was playing on television. Many hugged and cried. Those living in New York frantically tried to get hold of friends and loved ones by cellphone. Even though club brotherhood was the best anyone could expect, it was not a pretty sight. Those living out of the Midwest scurried to get flight information and many just rented cars to make the trek home. Even at Inferno there were acts of heroism, with the one by Peter Manston of Sacramento, CA standing out most.
The Knight Hawks of Virginia donated $5,389 to help the World Trade Center and Pentagon victims
The Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) held their annual election of officers in September. The individuals selected were: chairman Bart Astor, vice chair Kevin Casey, treasurer Don Anspauch, secretary Robert Blackmon. The LALC legal counsel will continue to be attorney Mr. Douglas Bedard.
NLA: Austin officers Tim and Sheri Gregory died in a murder-suicide in September. The community was rocked and totally surprised at what was officially ruled the tragic deaths as a murder-suicide by the Austin Police Department. Tim served president and Sheri was the club secretary. Tim Gregory was in the organization states for NLA: Austin's annual Texas Leather Pride weekend. The chapter vowed that Texas Leather Pride would go on as planned in November. Sheri recently served as president of GWNN (Group With No Name), a pansexual Leather/SM/Fetish club in Austin. The Gregorys are survived by one child.
Masters And slaves Together: New York City and Masters And slaves Together: Metro New York presented MAsT Weekend: Fall 2001 the weekend of September 22-23.
NLA: Dallas' Beyond Vanilla XI, held September 28-30 in Dallas, TX, came through successfully. Attendance at first count matched Beyond Vanilla X and the number of workshops available increased and the outpouring of generosity for the BV XI beneficiaries increased tremendously. The keynote speaker and guest presenter Lolita Wolf came from New York
Almost a year old, the Crescent City Outlaws of New Orleans, LA held their first weekend run, Jail Break I: Break Out in the Big Easy, September 28-30.
Hillside Campground in Pennsylvania held its annual Leather contests. Hillside Mr. Leather was Thom Kahn and Hillside Leatherboy was tonyboy casane.
The California Boots and Breeches Corps held SF Roll Call 2001 on Saturday night, September 29.
TES (The Eulenspiegel Society) held a successful Second Annual NY S/M Film Festival October 2-6 in New York, NY. The NY S/M Film Festival's program was selected to showcase the diversity of SM sexuality and appeal to the burgeoning interest in this subcultures.
The Oedipus Motorcycle Club  celebrate their 43rd Anniversary with a weekend run to Lake Isabella, October 5-7 which had all the usual bike club debauchery one could desire.In Northern California the Golden Gate Guards were celebrating their 15th Anniversary with the Hooray For Hollywood...Take XV in the Redwoods of Camp Mendocino, CA.
The American Uniform Association held its annual Review in Milwaukee, WI with the Park East Hotel serving as host.
The Knights D'Orleans held their 27th Annual Run: Hollywood Knights the weekend of October 5-7 in New Orleans, LA. The club was delighted to win another Best Cocktail Party Award, this time at the Key West Wreckers' Shipwreck run in July. Installed club officers were president Kent Dugan, vice president Jerry Meis, treasurer George Tresch and road captain Kevin-Bruce Breaux.
The Queer Bikers on the West Coast held their annual Invasion of Death Valley. They started in San Francisco and reached the desert by riding through Yosemite National Park.
The Lesbian Sex Mafia, the world’s oldest Leather/BDSM group for women turned 20 with a weekend of hot parties for women of all orientations, and special events with their Leather brothers when the Lesbian Sex Mafia presented LSM 20, October 11-14. Awards were given out to GMS/MA president Andrew Harwin and Michael Horowitz. $1,800 was raised for charity.
The Alameda County Leather Corps of Hayward, CA received the Community Service Award from GLOBE (Gays and Lesbians Organized for a Better Environment.
CLAWS of Myrtle Beach, SC hosted their first club run, CLAWS Quest: Discovery, the weekend of October 12-14 at the Holiday Inn at the Waterway.
The Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC) received the Community Service Award from Gays and Lesbians Organized for a Better Environment (GLOBE) at that organization's Coming Out Month dinner at the Walpert Center in Hayward, CA on October 13. ACLC had donated over $120,000 to charities serving Alameda County since it was founded.
Avatar Club of Los Angeles installed its 2001-02 executive board on October 13 with an African Safari theme dinner party for their 161 guests  at the home of Mr. Sister Leather Robert Blackmon and his partner, Rick O'Dell. The new executive board included president David Murdock, vice president David Okihiro, treasurer Mark Burstein, secretary N. Van Treeck and board members Eliseo Martinez, Jim Pentecost and Jeff Wacha.
In lieu of their anniversary weekend that was postponed because of the September 11 terrorism, Iron Guard BC held their anniversary brunch at Raymond’s Café in Chelsea on Sunday, October 28. The recipient of the Brotherhood’s year long fund raising efforts was the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP). Kim Fountain of AVP was on hand to receive a check for $525. Gary Reynolds of the Lure received the Mickey Garber Award for service to the New York Leather community.
Gateway MC of St. Louis, MO held Show Me XXVIII: The X Rated Run the last weekend of October. Show Me featured a Halloween party and porno flicks.
 Mary Elizabeth Boyd was voted into the club as an honorary member, which made her the very first female NEPAL club member.
NLA: Austin hosted Texas Leather Pride X the weekend of November 2-4 with events at The Ranch just outside the city limits and rural Hays County. There was about 125 full registrations and 300 part-time visitors.
Past SigMa president Ed Moore of Washington, DC was presented the organization's Community Service Award during BR 2001 on November 3 at the New Carrollton Ramada Inn in Maryland.
The Defenders NY celebrated Indulgence III, their 20th Anniversary in New York City November 9-11 highlighted by their sold out Indulgence Dinner and Awards on Saturday night at the Armory in Manhattan. The weekend began at the Lure with a salute to New York’s Bravest, a fundraiser to support Fire Flag/EMS, an organization of gay fire fighters and gay EMS workers.
On Saturday, November 17, the Philadelphia Defenders held their Third Annual Charity Toy Drive at the Bike Stop. The Defenders newly elected president Charles Sharp hosted the benefit. In total, the evening earned over $2,000 that will benefit Action AIDS and the St. Mary’s Respite Center.
The Satyrs Motorcycle Club celebrated their 47th Anniversary at the home of Buddy Ball on Saturday night, November 24 with about 75 Leatherfolk attending.
The Bucks Motorcycle Club of New Hope, PA hosted their 17th annual Santa Saturday fundraiser on Saturday, November 24 at the Cartwheel with  $17,000 being collected.
On Saturday November 24, the Leather Uniform Club of Las Vegas (LUC) joined with Flex, the Imperial Court and the Blackjack Bears to produce Santa Saturday West. They raised over $2,000 at a basket auction, a raffle, and the centerpiece of the evening, a Leather clothing auction.
Trident International: Central Florida held a reception to honor the three charities it had chosen to raise money for this past year on December 1. From January to December, the members raised $10,000 for the charities. 2001's fundraisers we held in memory  of Richard Alger. Checks were presented to Centaur of Orlando, HER and Life Path Hospice. Greg K. was presented the Presidents Award, and Master Ollie and Mistress Rebecca, were voted Tridents of the Year by the membership of Trident: CFL.
Los Angeles' annual Leather/Fetish shopping extravaganza known as Bizarre Bazaar sponsored by Threshold was held on Sunday, December 2, at Nob Hill in Panorama City, CA with additional activities including Working Out The Kinks presented by Threshold, Avatar, OCLA and LARAWW; a silent auction and a display of the traveling exhibit of the Leather Archives.
The Red Star Saloon in Reading, PA was the place to be on Sunday, December 2, for charitable brotherhood and early Christmas shopping. The Railmen’s past president Daryl Wenrich auctioneered while $4802.50 was raised for the Berks County AIDS Network. The Reading Railmen retained a portion of the funds for their Helping Hands Fund.
On Saturday December 8 the DC Boys of Leather were voted into the Atlantic Motorcycle Coordinating Council (AMCC).  The DC Boys of Leather are the 27th member of the council, with members from Florida to Canada
Hooker and Boys  raised that bar even higher for benefit shows with their production of the 12 Days of Christmas Part III on December 8 at the Hippo in Baltimore, MD where $2,700 was split between The Sylvia Lynn Foundation at Chase Brexton Health Services, Moveable Feast and AIDS Action Baltimore.
The 15 Association of San Francisco, CA hung a new set of club colors at the Loading Dock on Saturday night, December 15. Club colors already are in place at the Powerhouse and Daddy's.
Avatar Club Los Angeles conducted two fundraising events, Holiday Wreath Auction was held on December 2 at the Faultline's parking lot party and Deck the Balls on December 22 at the Faultline, that raised $1,600. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were presented a gift from Avatar for all their work with Avatar during the year. $1,000 was donated to Being Alive LA, a nonprofit AIDS service organization, in the name of Bill Hobson.

Leather Titles

The Phoenix Bar in New Orleans produced the Mr. and Ms. Louisiana Olympus Leather 2001 contest Saturday, January 6 with Butch Arnold and Julyahana Walker, both from New Orleans being named winners of the first Leather contest of the year.

Joshua Montgomery was chosen Mr. GLO 2001 at the annual meeting of Gay Leatherman Only in San Diego on January 8. Joshua would not advance to any other competition with the title.

The “Taste of the River” event devised by Mr. North Coast Leather T. Jay McCain raised $4,000 in Guerneville, CA. Entertainment was provided by over 80 men from the renowned San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, pianist Momi Starr and vocalist Ursula Cain, as well as the sidesplitting humor of comedienne Shann Carr.

The Suttle Leather Cares Foundation, dedicated to fostering education, assistance, acceptance and solidarity within the alternative adult sexual interest community, announced that Ms Atlanta Eagle 2000 Lorna Pierce joined its executive board.

The Centaur Motorcycle Club of Washington, DC hosted Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend 2001 the weekend of January 11-14 with Michael Marino from New York, NY being chosen Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather. Mark Teasdale was the winner of the Brotherhood Award.

On Saturday, January 13, James Quiroga, a 42 year-old plumbing contractor from Lancaster, CA became Gauntlet II Mr. Leather 2001.

Bearded biker-type John Bernal was chosen Mr. Eagle Tavern of San Francisco on Sunday, January 14 in San Francisco, CA. Bernal hosted a Meet The Contestants benefit for those running for San Francisco Mr. Leather in March. The benefit netted $1,000 for the Black AIDS Coalition.

The winner of the Mr. Suncoast Eagle contest in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday night, January 20 was Bruce Ross of Jacksonville. First runner-up was David Bernstel of Miami and second runner-up was Scooter” of Largo, FL.

Houston Davenport, a signer for the hearing impaired, was named Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2001 on Friday night, January 26 in San Francisco.

Paul Long from Terre Haute, IN won the Mr.. 501 Eagle in January in Indianapolis.

Frank Mabry was sashed Mr. Alaska Leather 2001 by Mr. Alaska Leather 2000 Jack Darnell at Mad Myrna's in Anchorage, AK on January 27 as The Last Frontier Men’s Club (TLFMC) staged its eighth annual Black and Blue Ball. A Slave and Art Auction brought in $1,100 for the Ball's beneficiaries, Alaska AIDS Assistance Associates (4A’s) and P-FLAG South Central.

Dudley Saunders was chosen Mr. Faultline Leather on Saturday night, January 27 in Los Angeles, CA.

Dan Azevedo bested five other men as he became Mr. Texas Leather 2001 on Saturday night January 27 in Dallas, TX.

Black and Tans member Kevin Casey left the Bullet in North Hollywood on Saturday night, February 3 bearing the title of Mr. Bullet Leather.

Chris Ross became Mr. Daddy's Leather 2001 on February 7.

Stephen J. Bloom took home the honors of Mr. Padlock Leather 2001 at the Padlock in Phoenix, AZ on February 10.

Generic Leather Pride held their annual Seattle Mr. Leather Contest February 10 at Neighbors Nightclub in Seattle, WA where Trane was named Seattle Mr. Leather 2001.

The state of Georgia was smiling big after the Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2001 Contest concluded with Michael Allshouse and Sherree Dixon from Atlanta winning at Pantheon of Leather in Chicago, IL..

The Cell Block in Chicago, in conjunction with Male Hide Leather, holds a huge Leatherfest every Presidents' Weekend. On the night of Saturday, February 17, the sizzling hot Marc Rosenberg was named Mr. Cell Block Male Hide Leatherman, Don Peterson was first runner-up and Eric Kugelman was second runner-up.

On Saturday, February 17, Mr. Lure 2000 Fred Little hosted an auction for the AIDS Monument Committee at the Lure in New York, NY, attracting over 350 people and raising over $4,100 towards the construction of a permanent monument to be built in Manhattan.

San Diego League Of Gentlemen member Lou Sedlacek became Mr. San Diego Leather  in February.

Robert Blackmon won the first Mister Sister Contest sponsored by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Los Angeles at Fubar in West Hollywood on Saturday night, February 17.

On Saturday, February 24 in Nashville, TN, Darryl Burke was named the first ever Mr. Tennessee Leatherman and Brian Baldwin his first runner-up.

The same weekend Dennis McMahon was the winner of the Mr. Cleveland Leather 2001 title at the Toolshed.

The Mr. Ozarks Leather 2001 contest was held on February 24 at Bar 1 in Springfield, MO where Thom Brandt emerged as the winner.

Cass Miller was named Ms Alaska Leather.

Lynette Hadlock of Bixby, OK was chosen the first Ms South Plains Leather 2001 and the popular Stephen Scott of Oklahoma City, OK was named the first Mr. South Plains Leather.

Rodney Burger was selected as Maryland Mr. Drummer 2001 and Mark Greene was named Maryland Drummerboy 2001 at the Hippo in Baltimore, MD. Greene became International Drummerboy in October.

The new Rumors 415 Mr. Leather was Micheal Chappel  in Spokane, WA in a preliminary for the Washington State Mr. Leather Contest.

Bears LA sponsored a contest at the Faultline and the new Mr. LA Leather Bear 2001 was Jim Feldman and Mr. LA Leather Cub 2001 was Steve Harman of Warriors MC.

Houston Davenport, also Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2001, was named Mr. San Francisco Leather 2001 Friday night, March 9 at Club Townsend in San Francisco, CA.

 


The Mr. Salt Lake City Leather Competition saw Bryant "Dax" Berg win on March 10 at Club Blue in Salt Lake City.

Doug Van Kirk won out over five other men at The Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, MI on March 10, becoming Mr. Western Michigan Leather.

Bill Snook was chosen Mr. Dixie Belle 2001 at the DB Warehouse Complex in Kansas City, MO.

Stefan Müeller from Nuremburg was chosen Bavarian Mr. Leather on March 15 in a contest sponsored by the Munich Leather Club in Munich, Germany. He went on to win at IML in May.

The first known Leather contest, Mr. Bears Ventura Leather Bear, to hit the shores of Ventura County took place at Paddy's on Saturday night, March 17 with Danny Saldana being named the historic winner.

David Black of Norfolk, VA was chosen Virginia Mr. Drummer and Brian Harrison was named Virginia Drummerboy at the Inn Between in Norfolk.

Mark Collins, a member of the NE Pennsylvania Leathermen from Allentown, PA, was chosen Mr. Philadelphia Leather and Patricia “Black Oak" from Roxborough, PA became Ms Philadelphia Leather at the 2-4 Club in Philadelphia March 23-25.

The first Ms Nevada Leather was Tina Peterson and the first Ms Nevada Bootblack was ivy in a contest held in Las Vegas, NV.

Pete Fitz, who won the Mr. Spike Leather Contest on March 3, was named Mr. LA Leather in front of a sold out house at the El Rey Theater on Saturday night, March 24. Nine men vied for the title. The Brotherhood Award, selected by the contestants themselves, was presented to Kevin Casey.

Mr. Western New York Leather contest was held as part of Strengthen Our Ties weekend in Syracuse, NY on March 24 with Roger Cruttenden from Mattydale, NY winning.

On Saturday March 24, Czech born Miro Civin won the Mr. Leather Holland title in front of a crowd of over 1,800 Leathermen.

Daniel Vandenbark was the winner of the Mr. Pistons Leather 2001 title and was also chosen by his fellow competitors as the best example of Leather Brotherhood on the last Saturday of March.

Daniel Applegrein, born in Johannesburg, South Africa was named Washington State Mr. Leather 2001 at The Cuff Complex in front of about 300 cheering onlookers on Saturday night, March 31. The National Emerald Award went to Andy Mangels of Portland, OR.

The San Francisco Dyke Daddy title went to Laura Carlos and Dyke Diva was Zoe on Saturday afternoon, March 31 at the Bottom of the Hill Bar. They had a sold-out crowd and raised more than $2,500 for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2001 Michael Marino hosted Porn Again at the Lure in New York on Saturday, March 31and raised $6,500 for God’s Love We Deliver and Brother Help Thyself.

Matt Lamantia was named Mr. Boston Leather at the Ramrod in Boston on April 5 and James West was named Mr. Boston Leather 2002. They changed the date of the next Mr. Boston Leather Contest to Labor Day Weekend in 2002 to allow the winner more time to prepare for International Mr. Leather.

The Mr. Russian River Eagle 2001 winner was Rodger Jensen at the Russian River Eagle in April.

Bryan "Pup" Mullikin was named American Leatherboy 2001, American Leatherwoman 2001 was Phyllis Darcy and American Leatherman 2001 was Jeffrey Cooper. The contests were held at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC April 27-29 in front of 250 people.

James Holloway captured the Mr. San Francisco Drummer title and Jack Garcia won the San Francisco Drummerboy title on May 2 in front of a full house at Daddy's on Castro.

Dallas, TX was the place where Billy Bob Spears was chosen Gulf Coast Mr. Drummer 2001 and boy patrick was named Gulf Coast Drummerboy on Saturday, May 5.

Michael Edwin was named Arizona Mr. Drummer and Jason Chase became Arizona Drummerboy at the Quality Inn Resort in Phoenix on May 6.

Jamie McKim won the Indiana Mr. Drummer title and Brent Suit took Indiana Drummerboy at the 501 Eagle in Indianapolis.

The Mr. Ebony Leather 2001 Contest was held at the Cell Block in Chicago on the Thursday night of IML Weekend with Hillary from Albany, NY winning.

Stefan Mueller, a member of MLC Munchen from Munich, Germany, captured the International Mr. Leather 2001 crown at the Congress Theater in Chicago on Sunday night, May 28 in front of 2,500 cheering onlookers. Mr. DC Eagle Darrell Moyers was first runner-up and Mr. San Francisco Leather Houston Davenport was second runner-up. A tie for third was broken leaving Liam Hogan from Ireland in fourth place. The winner of the International Mr. Bootblack Contest was Paksen from Colorado.

SouthEast LeatherFest in Atlanta, GA the weekend of June 8-10 saw five sashes awarded. The new International Masters and slaves Contest winners were Jim and marsha from Dallas, TX. Southeast Mr. Drummer 2001 was Daryl Fox and Southeast Drummerboy 2001 was Paul Ferreira. Chance Claar won the Ms Southeast Leather Pride title.

On Saturday night, June 9 the resort town of Guerneville, CA saw Robert Espindola become Russian River Mr. Drummer and Andrew McCarty be named Russian River Drummerboy 2001.

Mark Adams became Mr. Lure 200 on Friday, June 15.

The sun shined bright in Seattle for the 11th Annual International Deaf Leather Contest (IDL) and Festival, which was held in Seattle July 4-7 as part of the 20th Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf Conference. Alan SPO Schwartz was named International Mr. Deaf Leather and Black X was chosen International Ms Deaf Leather.

Michael Casy won the Pennsylvania Mr. Drummer at the Diva Theater in Scranton, PA and boy patrick took the Pennsylvania Drummerboy title.

Gary Vandeventer won the Mid Atlantic Mr. Drummer Contest at the Stage Coach bar in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, July 14. Michael Greene was named Mid Atlantic Drummerboy.

Florida Mr. Drummer 2001 was Jose Bermudez and Florida Drummerboy 2001 was Shawn Casey. The contest was held at the Suncoast Resort Hotel on Saturday night, July 14.

A record crowd saw J.J. Ferra become Mr. Alameda County Leather 2001, Kat Matthews become Ms Alameda County Leather 2001 and Mike Marrero become Mr. Alameda County Drummer 2001 on Saturday, July 14 in Hayward, CA.

Joni Perrie of Springfield, VA won the 15th Annual International Ms Leather Contest in the ballroom of the Brookhollow Sheraton Hotel in Dallas, TX on Saturday night, July 21 in front of almost 300 Leatherfolk. First runner-up was Ms Rocky Mountain Leather 2001 Linda Cox from Denver, CO who was extremely impressive and second runner-up was Barbrafisch from Toronto, Canada. International Bootblack 2001 was the energetic Charlie Flake from Denver.

The Northern California Drummer 2001 Contest took place at the King Street Garage on Saturday night, July 28. Russian River Mr. Drummer Robert Espindola became Northern California Mr. Drummer and Russian River Drummerboy andrew was named Northern California Drummerboy.

Thunder in the Mountains held the last weekend of July saw the Mr. and Ms Rocky Mountain Leather 2001 Contest won by Brian Conway and Niccia.

Michael Edwin was named Southwest Mr. Drummer 2001 and Michael Butts became Southwest Drummerboy 2001 in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday night, August 4 at the Quality Hotel.

The New England Mr. Drummer 2001 contest winner was the charming Russ Kippen of  Malden, MA and New England Drummerboy 2001 was William Shields of Brighton, MA. The competition took place on August 11, at the Boston Ramrod.

Rob Hathaway and Tobin Britton were sashed as Mr. and Ms Oregon State Leather on August 11 as part of Oregon State Leather Pride Week.

Gene Romaine was chosen Northwest Mr. Drummer and Mark Nunley became Northwest Drummerboy for 2001 at Neighbors Nightclub in Seattle, WA on Saturday night, August 18.

The Great Lakes Drummer Contest was held at the Eagle Columbus, OH on Saturday night, August 25 with Terry Thomas besting three other men to win the Great Lakes Mr. Drummer title and David Shane beings selected Great Lakes Drummerboy.

Danny Alford won the Mr. Louisiana Leather title in the Magnolia Ballroom of Harrah's Casino.

Doug Lindsey of Allentown, PA won the Mr. Lehigh Valley Leather title at The Stonewall in Allentown.

Annie Romano Blas walked off the Ms World Leather stage with the shawl and a $7,000 travel fund. The runner-up was Mindy Chateauvert from Washington, DC.

On September 1, Rebecca Harbert became Ms Upper Ohio Valley Leather and Mark "Sir Garr" Garza was named Mr. Upper Valley Leather at Club 2000. This was the first year for the event.

The 19th annual San Francisco Leather Daddy's Boy Contest saw Brian Stevens win on Sunday, September 2 at the Eagle Tavern.

The Promethean Guard produced the Mr. New Jersey Leather Contest in Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday night, September 8 which was won by none other than Rob Carabelli. This was the last Leather contest before the terrorism of September 11.

Kevin Casey from Los Angeles won the first Mr. California Leather Contest at Club Townsend in San Francisco on Saturday night, September 29.

The Blue Maxx CC of St. Louis, MO held its Daddy and Daddy's Boy 2001 contest on September 29 at JJ’s Clubhouse and Bar which was won by Roc Quadé and boy Kevin Perdue, aka Sparkie.

The Mid Atlantic Region took the top honors at the Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg, FL with Gary Vandeventer being name International Mr. Drummer and Mark Greene chosen International Drummerboy during a high sexual energy weekend.

Roger Cruttenden won the title of Mr. North Atlantic Leather 2002 tonyboy was named North Atlantic Leatherboy 2002 in Utica, NY the weekend of October 5-7. The Leather run and contest was sponsored by the Utica tri's MC.

500 Leatherfolk gathered  in Halifax, Nova Scotia October 12-14 to attend the third annual Mr. Atlantic Canada Leather Contest which was won by Mr. Leather Moncton Steve Laviolette of Moncton, New Brunswick.

Bill Bailes won the Mr. Central Valley Leather Contest at the North Circle in Fresno, CA on Saturday night, October 13. Five men competed in the contest sponsored by the Knights of Malta: Yosemite Chapter and was produced by Kirk Chomienia.

Rob Lavigne, a lieutenant for the New Orleans Bear Trappers Association, became Mr. Louisiana Bear at the Phoenix.

Chris Baudier was named Mr. Lone Star Drummer 2002 at the Ripcord on Sunday, October 14 in Houston.

On Friday, October 19, Marlena’s Bar on Hayes Street held the first Mr. Hayes Valley Leather Contest which was won by Michael Shaeffer.

Jim Shear of Stars MC became Mr. Northeast Pennsylvania Leather 2002 on the weekend of November 2-4 in Scranton, PA.

On Saturday, November 3, three women vied for the title of Ms San Diego Leather 2002 and Naria Bullock Jordan stood out as the winner.

Alex Wisniowski was named Mr. Leather Ottawa Hull at the Ottawa Knights 26th Anniversary weekend in Ottawa, Canada, November 9-11. Five men competed. This ninth Ottawa-Hull Leather Contest was in memory of the late John Purdie.

A record seven men competed in the Mr. International Rubber 2000 Contest at the Cell Block in Chicago on Saturday night, November 10 with Yannick Kerjose from Paris, France emerging victorious. First runner-up was Seattle's Jeff Detweiler and second runner-up was James Miller of Vallejo, CA.

Jason Campbell nabbed the Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2001 title in San Jose, CA on November 10 while Nicole Kimmel was named Ms Santa Clara County Leather. Notably, the emcee was International Mr. Leather 1994 Jeff Tucker from San Jose.

Over 400 Leathermen gathered at The Detroit Eagle on Saturday, November 10, to watch as Larry Kunkle was best among five hot men from the Motor City Leather community competing for the title of Mr. Detroit Eagle 2002.

The Russian River Eagle hosted their annual Leather Pride Weekend highlighted by the Mr. North Coast Leather 2002 Contest on November 10 which was won by Rodger Jensen at the Odd Fellows Hall in Guerneville, CA.

Robert Farrell won the title of Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2002 in Palm Springs California on November 10 in a contest sponsored by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert which sponsored Palm Springs Leather Pride Weekend. The weekend of events began with a Black and Blue Ball that was held at Sidewinders, a new Leather/Levi/Bear Bar that recently opened in Cathedral City.

Todd Kitchens of Fort Lauderdale won the Mr. Florida Leather Contest, being the best of six contestants on Sunday, November 11 at the Fort Lauderdale Eagle.

Frank Perko, III from Wilder, KY was named Mr. Tri State Leather 2001 at The Dock in Cincinnati, OH on Saturday night, November 17 in front of about 300 cheering Leatherfolk.

Bill Dearsley went into the night of November 24 as Mr. Barn Leather and emerged as the new Mr. Leatherman Toronto. The Mr. Leather Fellowship title, voted on by the contestants went to  Bill Dearsley, but, as custom has it, the title was passed to the first MLF runner-up David Forget. The Courtlan Forsey Memorial Award winner was Robert Rochon and the Francis Robichaud Memorial Award for 2001 went to Trevor Jacques.

The Southeast Olympus Leather 2002 Contest on December 1 in Atlanta, GA saw Ms Georgia Olympus Leather Sasha von Haner, Mr. Georgia Olympus Leather Reggie Harris win titles at PEP House.

Butch Arnold was named Mr. Louisiana Olympus Leather in New Orleans in mid-December at the Phoenix. He later went on to become Mr. Olympus Leather finals in Chicago in February.

News and Politics

The new project of the AIDS Emergency Fund, the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (BCEF), had its kickoff dinner at the Cliff House on Friday, January 26, and over $25,000 was raised. The dinner was produced by Ray Tilton, with incredible help from cochairs Peter Fiske and Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt and their fellow committee members Glennon Sutter and Alan Selby.

Celia Tan's Fetish Fair Fleamarket was held January 27 and 28 at the Andover Ramada hotel just outside Boston.

The unofficial total from the Scarlet's Bake Sale benefit by the Washington, DC clubs at the DC Eagle topped $12,000 in early February according to a report from the DC Boys of Leather.

"It is with a deeply heavy heart, I have chosen to resign my position with Leather Literary Project..." Catherine M. Gross stated. Not long before that, the Leather Literary Project, the organization creating the Leather Encyclopedia, welcomed Stephen R. Decker of Washington, DC as their financial manager.

The award winners at Pantheon of Leather XI were Community Choice Award (Woman) Paula Smith, Community Choice Award (Man) Tony DeBlase, President’s Award went to Daddy Nick Golden, Barbara Nitke and Kent Arnold, Man of the Year was a tie between Woody Barnes and Dave Rhodes, Woman of the Year Jill Carter, Lifetime Achievement Award Guy Baldwin. Pantheon was moved from New Orleans to Chicago, IL due to cancellation of hotel contracts due to the Super Bowl moving to Pantheon Weekend after football games were rescheduled because of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

SPLF Productions held its’ inaugural annual event, South Plains Leather Fest, March 2-4 at the Radisson Hotel - Dallas in Dallas, TX which offer over 35 workshops and more than 20 vendors.

Longtime friends came from all parts of the continent to Vancouver, BC the weekend of March 9-11 to celebrate and honor George Whiting, who has been a great supporter in the Leather community for decades. Whiting was one of the founding members of VASM (Vancouver Activists in SM) and has been a mentor in the Pacific Northwest for many years.

Leather University of Fort Lauderdale presented SM High March 16-18 with faculty members Joseph Bean, Bob Bender, Bill Costomiris, Doug Harris and bob Harris, and wynn miller instructing on Bondage, Cock/ball Play, Corporal Punishment, Electricity, Fire, Fisting, Flogging, Mummification, Novice Bottom, Novice Top, Paddling, Pervertibles, Shaving, SM Basics and Wax.

New Mexico Black Leather Weekend, held March 23-25 in Albuquerque, NM, featured a Black Leather Banquet and a Black Leather Fantasy Show along with workshops and seminars.

The Fifth Annual Leather Leadership Conference hosted nearly 200 leaders and activists from 21 states across the country, as well as the District of Columbia and one Canadian province in Chicago April 6-8. 2001's conference theme, Motivating By Example, was evident with the organization of the event by a cohesive group of volunteers led by Lord Suttle and MJ of Suttle Cares Leather Foundation.

25 boys and 11 faculty gathered in Dallas, TX for Dean Walradt's boy Training Camp III. The Camp included a dungeon party and a banquet to go along with the workshops and classes. boy michael won the Pig of the Stations award and the Alpha boy honor went to youngblood.

On The Good Ship AEF was a cruise around San Francisco Bay aboard the Hornblower to raise money for the AIDS Emergency Fund on May 10. Some compared the class of the event to that of the Phoenix Uniform Club's Leather/Uniform Ball.

The Christopher Street West Gay and Lesbian Pride celebration saw the largest organized Leather contingent since 1991. Led by the Los Angeles Leather Coalition, the 2001 contingent included Satyrs MC, Warriors MC, LOBOC MC and Oedipus MC as one group, the Bullet bar from North Hollywood, the Faultline bar from Los Angeles, Avatar Club of Los Angeles, The Leather Journal and Bears LA.

The Tom of Finland Foundation held their first Erotic Art Fair in New York, NY the weekend of June 23-24.

San Francisco Leather Daddy VIII and his boy Henry had their Holy Union at the Eagle Tavern with Mayor Willie Brown among the 75 in attendance a reception followed at Don's home.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom recently met with Linda Fairstein, head of the Sex Crimes Unit in Manhattan, to express concern with the District Attorney's apparent position in the Jovanovic case that consent is not a defense to a charge of assault, even where no significant physical injury resulted. Representatives from NCSF who attended the meeting were executive director Judy Guerin, policy director Susan Wright and legal director John Wirenius. The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom contended that consensual sadomasochistic practices could be prosecuted if the traditional defense of consent, which protects conduct ranging from sex play to sports, is removed from conduct resulting only in nonlife threatening injuries, or in injuries of similar significance.

The Crucible held its first Fetish Flea and Play Party in New Carrollton, MD on July 7 to benefit the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.

The Edge bar's 10th Anniversary was on Thursday July 12 in San Francisco where Danny Williams hosted.

Thunder in the Mountains, produced by Rich Dockter and CJ Vaillencourt July 27-29 in Denver, saw over 600 Leatherfolk attend the Fourth Annual pansexual event which featured about 30 workshops and seminars, two nights of dungeon parties and the Mr. and Ms Rocky Mountain Leather 2001 Contest won by Brian Conway and Niccia.

Doug Harris of The Sanctuary of a Dark Angel in Atlanta and Dean Walradt of The Leather Network, Inc. and founder of the Master's Retreats and boy's Training Camps hosted Master's Retreat I in Atlanta, July 27-29 at the Ramada Inn.

In Washington, DC on August 7, gearing up to expand its lobbying and education programs, The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) opened a Dupont Circle office in Washington, DC in August. AJ Altheimer, an NCSF staff member from Chicago, relocated to serve as NCSF’s office manager.

A new Pride Foundation community based scholarship was established for students in the Pacific Northwest entering the fields of sex education, sex therapy, research or something that furthers the understanding of human sexuality, especially alternative sexuality. The scholarship will be named the Tony DeBlase Scholarship Foundation and was created by Aubrey Hart Sparks.

On Friday, August 10 The Hearts Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Chicago, IL that holds several fundraising events annually, donated $7,000 to Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum, the largest single donation ever made to the Museum. The huge donation was from proceeds raised at a first-ever IML (International Mr. Leather) -sanctioned tea dance produced by the Foundation.

Some 100,000 people gathered in the Silver Lake District of Los Angeles for the annual Sunset Junction Street Fair on August 18-19. The LA Leather Coalition (LALC) had an information booth on the midway with volunteers from several clubs helping, including Avatar, Oedipus MC, Black and Tans, The Leather Journal, Satyrs MC, Trident: LA and LALC staffed a beverage tent with proceeds going to the Fair's official charity. Nearby, Gauntlet II opened its new outdoor patio on Saturday night.

The first Leather/Levi Weekend, held at Saratoga Springs about 125 miles north of San Francisco, with the purpose of exposing new blood to the club and Leather runs, was a resounding success. The weekend was organized in San Francisco by Mario Torrigno, who would win a Man of the Year at the Inter Club Fund Awards in February 2002.

The Leather Archives and Museum celebrated its 10th Anniversary with three days of parties with more than a sprinkling of Leather history-related events the weekend of August 24-26 in Chicago, IL.

The NCSF reported that it received a total of 962 requests for help were received from attorneys, prosecutors, individuals needing help and friends of individuals needing help a one year period ending August 31.

Virginia Drummerboy 1999 and Knight Hawks of Virginia member Kyle Taylor served as one of 77 certified massage therapists that were deployed from across the United States to voluntarily serve at Pentagon site of one of the terrorist attacks immediately following September 11. He was a member of The American Massage Therapy Association - MERT TEAM (Massage Emergency Response Teams).  Taylor and fellow therapist were at ground zero and provided volunteer chair massages to the rescue personnel and military on a 24 hour basis.  Kyle was there for a seven day period and said it was one of the most humbling experiences of his life and at the same time the most horrific.

Only three days after the terrorists' attacks, San Francisco's Leather community rallied at Club Townsend to raise over $10,000 to contribute to the Red Cross and benefit those in New York and Washington, DC who were in need.

The Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 30 was only part of San Francisco Leather Pride Week which began the Sunday before with the annual Leather Walk from Daddy's bar on Castro to the Eagle Tavern at 12th Street and Harrison.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt, Bob Brunson and several Leather Daddies including current Leather Daddy Robert Davolt and  Steve Gaynes, raised $1,900 to create a garrison size Leather pride flag which hung at the flag pole at Castro and Market for all of San Francisco's Leather Pride Week.

Stompers Boots of San Francisco began celebrating their Fifth Anniversary during Folsom Street Fair weekend.

LA Police Chief Bernard Parks was the Grand Marshal of the LA Valley Pride Parade on Saturday, October 6 on Victory Boulevard in Van Nuys, CA and the second annual LA Valley Pride Festival took place at Woodley Avenue Park in Encino. Building on the success of last year's festival, a parade was added.

On October 10 the lead Paddleboro defendant Ben Davis was found not guilty for the charge of keeping a house of ill fame in Attleboro, MA. The charge of Assault and Battery on a police officer was continued without a finding. After most of the original charges (14, including such charges as possession of items of self-abuse) had been dropped, two charges remained, keeping a house of ill fame for prostitution and assault and battery on a police officer.  On the first charge, Assistant DA Roger Ferris rested his case after only twenty minutes of testimony from Detective Otrando, who spent most of his time on the bench not able to recall the truth. The judge immediately ruled that I, Benjamin Davis was not guilty of the charge of keeping a house of ill fame.

Leather University produced Dungeon 601 the weekend of October 12-14 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. There were over 140 attendees, 14 instructors and over 50 courses, labs, private tutoring and demos. Faculty included Master Jim and slave marsha, Sharrin Spector, Len Griffith, Cristo Webb, Drake Ferguson and Yossie Silverman.

The Tom of Finland Foundation held its annual Erotic Art Fair at The Loft in Hollywood the weekend of October 12-14.

The Faultline bar was presented Being Alive Spirit of Hope 2001 Award at a ceremony on October 14 in Los Angeles. Being Alive is an AIDS service organization founded in the early 1980s. The bar's weekly Proof Positive event on Wednesday nights has provided an opportunity to confront the reality of HIV/AIDS and provides a specific event to welcome those affected with a safe and friendly place to meet.

Northbound Leather of Toronto, Canada sponsored North America's largest fetish party, Ultra, on October 20. Thousands participated with a huge fashion show, play parties and more.

Due to the terrorist attacks on September 11 and the National Football League's decision to move the Super Bowl to the same weekend as Pantheon of Leather XII was scheduled to be in New Orleans, the Pantheon of Leather board of directors voted to move the event to Chicago during Presidents Weekend in February.

After three very successful training camps geared toward the education of the Leather submissive boy, Dean Walradt and The Leather Network held boy’s Training Camp 2001 the weekend of November 9-11 in Atlanta with Master Doug Harris and The Sanctuary of a Dark Angel as co-producer. The Camp was an intense weekend of workshops and seminars presented by a variety of experienced Doms and submissives including extensive coverage of protocol, dress, headspace, edge living, boot black and Leather care, formal table service, finding a Dom, negotiations, contracts, scene safety, and relationship safety.

The new owners of the Eagle’s Nest in New York City had their grand reopening on Saturday, November 10 at 554 West 28th Street in Manhattan. The Eagle features two large floors, both with bars and pool tables. The previous location was closed on March 5, 2000 after being operated as a  Levi/Leather bar since 1970.

With a combination of reverence, revenue and revelry, the crowd at Daddy’s Bar in the Castro celebrated Veterans Day on Sunday, November 11 with a fundraiser for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) presented by the San Francisco Phoenix Uniform Club and San Francisco Leather Daddy XIX Robert Davolt which raised $543 towards the cause.

$293,000 was presented to the beneficiaries of funds raised at the Dore Alley Fair in July and September's Folsom Street by SMMILE officials on November 14 in San Francisco, CA.

The DC Eagle celebrated its 30th Anniversary the weekend of November 23-25. Herb Kaylor was chosen Mr. DC Eagle while Jason Hendrix was the runner-up.

On November 24 Shane Jepson became Seattle Leather Daddy and Kirk Mason was named Settle Daddy's Boy at The Cuff Complex.

Santa’s Wicked Weekend II, a benefit the Leather Friendship Fund, was held  December 7 and 8 in Boston at the Ramrod. The Santa Shack was busy with Leathermen having the pictures taken with Santa (IML 2000 Mike Taylor) who surprised those who were naughty by taking out his paddle! $1,000 was given to the NYC Firefighters Fund to assist victims of the September 11 terrorism.

The Positive Resource Center garnered $5,080 in net proceeds from the Fifth Annual Holiday Leather Brunch on Sunday, December 9 at Harvey’s SOMA in San Francisco, CA. Mark Paladini and Bay Area Cub 2001 biff wilson were presented the Community Service Awards.

On December 11, the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and Barbara Nitke, an acclaimed New York City artist who operates her own web site, www.BarbaraNitke.com, filed a court challenge that aimed to overturn the last remaining Internet censorship provision of the flawed Communications Decency Act. In papers filed in Federal District Court in New York City, the NCSF and Nitke claimed that the CDAs remaining obscenity provision is so broad and vague that it violates free speech and inhibits the discussion of sexual issues on the Internet among adults.

The new Snow King Kirsten S. and several contestants raised about $1,000 at The Mint for people with AIDS served by the William J. Fanning Foundation in New Orleans, LA.

Dave Rhodes held his Annual 39th Birthday Party at the Bullet in North Hollywood as a benefit for PAWS LA and Pantheon of Leather on December 16 with each organization gaining about $145 apiece.

The Leather Archives and Museum announced that Rick Storer would take over as executive director in March 2002. He was already working at the Leather Archives in a transition period with Joseph Bean who would leave at the end of January.

Books, Publications and Videos

Out of The Darkness - The Reality of SM, a video containing interviews with leading psychotherapists, PHDs, MDs, CSWs and activists who share information and studies in an effort to distinguish SM from abuse debuted in Dallas, TX on February 13. The video was created and produced by Mark Frazier in conjunction with the National Leather Association: International.

Throughout the month of June, In The Life, a gay/lesbian news magazine broadcast its first report on SM/Leather/Fetish on PBS television stations across the country.

Brush Creek Media’s publishing offices in San Francisco and The Bear Store, their retail operation were closed in late June by the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday, June 20 for nonpayment of certain taxes owed. Several days later Brush Creek was back open and operating.

Internet

Jeff Tucker launched his Better Together web site. "Better Together was an idea that came to me when I was Mr. San Jose Leather, before my year as International Mr. Leather 1994. At that time we, as a community, hadn't quite figured out that we could embrace our differences, rejoice in our uniqueness, and still be together" Tucker stated. The address is http://members.aol.com/bttr2gthr/

New on the Scene

Atlanta Boys of Leather (ABOL), Atlanta, GA; Baltimore Educational and Social Society (BESS), Baltimore, MD; Charlotte Eagle, Charlotte, NC; Eagle’s Nest (reopened after a few years hiatus), New York, NY; Hamburger Mary's, Washington, DC; Heart Of Leather Foundation, Chicago, IL; IT Lubricant, St. Petersburg, FL; Leather Friendship Fund, Boston, MA; KinkyGAM (Kinky Gay Asian Men), San Francisco, CA; LA Boys of Leather, Los Angeles, CA; LA Male Subs, Los Angeles, CA; Leather/Levi Weekend, San Francisco/Saratoga Springs, CA; LeatherMasters II, Allentown, PA; MAsT: New Jersey (Masters And slaves Together), Bloomfield, NJ; Ms S Leather, San Francisco, CA; Ms World Leather Contest, Dallas, TX; NC-Together, North Carolina; Ringold Alley, San Diego, CA; San Diego Boys of Leather, San Diego, CA; San Francisco Pacific Bears, Guerneville, CA; Sidewinders Bar, Cathedral City, CA; Tony DeBlase Leather Scholarship Fund, Aubrey Sparks, Seattle, WA; Turf Club (reopened after a few years hiatus), Hayward, CA. WOLF (Women Of Leather Focus), New Orleans, LA

Milestones

40 Years: 40th Anniversary Run to Badger Flat by Satyrs Motorcycle Club, Los Angeles, CA

35 Years: Inter Club Fund Awards, San Francisco, CA

30 Years: DC Eagle, Washington, DC; The Eulenspiegel Society (TES), New York, NY; Tribe, Detroit, MI; Unicorn Motorcycle Club, Cleveland, OH; 25th Anniversaries

Tri-Cen XXV by Philadelphians Motorcycle Club, Philadelphia, PA

20 Years: Cuffs bar, Los Angeles, CA; Defenders NY, New York, NY; Lesbian Sex Mafia (LSM), New York, NY; North West Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf, Seattle, WA

15 Years: Golden Gate Guards, San Francisco, CA; International Ms Leather Contest, Omaha, NE; Utica Tri's Motorcycle Club, Utica, NY

10 Years: American Brotherhood Weekend, ABLE Productions, Washington, DC; Defenders: Denver LLC, Denver, CO; Edge Bar, San Francisco, CA; Key West Wreckers, Key West, FL; Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, IL; Leather Walk by AIDS Emergency Fund, San Francisco, CA; Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather Contest by Alameda County Leather Corps, Hayward, CA; Rubbout X by Northwind, Vancouver, Canada' Texas Leather Pride X by NLA: Austin, Austin, TX; Uniform Leather Ball by Phoenix Uniform Club, San Francisco, CA

Five Years: Folsom Street East V, GMS/MA, New York, NY; Leather Leadership Conference V (LLC); Mates V by Mates, Provincetown, MA; Stompers Boots, San Francisco, CA

Gone, But Not Forgotten

The Saber Motorcycle Club regretted to announce the passing of a beloved club brother Doug Levy on January 18. Doug was an outstanding member of the club and the Leather community. His accomplishments included being the club's SECC delegate, chairman of the Sabers' annual Saber Thrust run, member of Rainmakers, National Leather Association and other groups around the country.

George Carreras passed away in the hospital on Sunday night, January 14, due to HIV/AIDS related illness. George was involved as a tally master for many years with the Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest.

The life of Edwin Philip "Ed "Ryder, August 17,1952 - January 15,2001, was celebrated at the Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church in New York on February 3. Ed was Mr. Mid Atlantic Drummer 1995 and rocked the decibels of the Congress during International Mr. Leather when he walked the runway in a full length Gray fox Versace coat! He came in second to Tony Mills that year, 1998, but he was clearly the subject most talked about.

Al D. Sowers died of cancer early in the morning on February 21, 2001. He was a founding member of Seattle Men in Leather as well as past recipient of the SML Community Service Award, was a recipient of The Leather Emerald Award for community service to the Washington State Mr. Leather Organization, received two Pantheon of Leather community service awards, was recipient of The Knights of Malta service award, and has served both boards for Generic Leather Productions and the Washington State Mr. Leather Organization. Al was featured in many magazines from PFIQ to Drummer, Dungeon Master to The Leather Journal, but throughout his leather life one of his greatest and most pleasurable experiences was representing the Pacific Northwest as Northwest Mr. Drummer in 1994.

Richard A. “Dick” McHugh, a fixture in Washington’s gay community and owner of the DC Eagle tavern on New York Avenue from 1987 to 2000, died of lymphoma February 25 at his home in Washington. Mr. McHugh used the bar for benefits that raised funds for a variety of charities, including Brother, Help Thyself and Food for Friends. McHugh helped many gay organizations get off the ground, including the Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association. He also supported the Centaur Motorcycle Club, the DC Bear Club and the DC Boys of Leather.

On February 27 the Tradesmen of Charlotte, NC and many others lost their brother Steve "Weazer" Haney after a long battle with HIV. He was a member and past president of the Tradesmen.

Philip Morris Turner, made his transition on Wednesday, April 4 after a long battle with bacterial pneumonia.  He was 49 years old. Philip was survived by his partner and number one boy, Greg Pennington. Philip was San Francisco Leather Daddy XI. He created the event “Leather Extravaganza” and produced it for the first five years. Philip served several years on the Mr. San Francisco Leather Committee and also produced the Northern California Drummer contest for three years. He has received numerous awards including several Pantheon of Leather awards, Board of Supervisor Commendations, The Peter Austin Award, and ICF Man of the Year. In March 1995 he and his business partner Joe Granese purchased the Bear and changed the name to Daddy’s. In it’s first five operational years Daddy’s bar raised over $3 million for local charities.

Bob Miller passed away on March 29, 2001. He worked with the Mr. SF Leather contest. Mr. San Francisco Leather Houston Davenport was Bob’s lover.

Glenn Hughes, the Leatherman singer for the Village People passed away due to AIDs in May.

Dean Dunlap, longtime activist in Seattle was found dead in his apartment in Pasco Washington on Wednesday, June 13. Dean was active with the  Vancouver Activist in SM, Seattle Dungeon Guild and the Portland, OR Leather group ORGASM and worked in conjunction to establish several dungeon parties which were held in the Boxing Club on Pike Street in Seattle known as the Black Heart Ball as well as NLA: Seattle's May Day weekends. He helped with the Quake 85 and Quake 86 weekends produced by the Knights of Templar in San Francisco. Dean was known during that era as Dr. Shock, specializing in erotic electrical play.

Mason Timmons, 40 of Syracuse, NY  died on Tuesday, July 3 at Community General Hospital in Syracuse. Mason was a member of the Journeymen since 1994 and held offices of road captain and treasurer.  He was an associate member of the Utica Tri's MC and an associate member of the Rochester Rams. Mason was Mr. Upstate New York Leather 1996. He was survived by his companion, Damon Anthony.

Wes Decker who held the titles of Southeast Mr. Drummer and Mr. Southeast Leather in the early 1990s passed away recently.

Paul J, Tooker passed away in late August of heart complications. Many knew him as Paul from Access Denied. He was survived by his wife and children.

Boy Jarret Christiansen was the founder of the Great Lakes Brotherhood of Boys and the fonder of the Boy Gatherings. Jarret was born June 8, 1970, and was an associate member of the DC Boys of Leather.

The Ottawa Knights regretted to announce the passing away of John Purdie, longtime club member, former president, and executive producer of the Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull competition until 2000. John died peacefully in  hospital on September 19, 2001, surrounded by his family and his closest friends. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line, a toll-free telephone referral and counselling service for young people in Ontario. He joined the Ottawa Knights in 1991 taking on the role of treasurer and also served four terms as president.

After a seven month battle with lung cancer, Bill Hobson, managing partner at the Faultline, died peacefully at the home he shared with his loving partner of 10 years, Ralph David Morrison III. Bill was born on February 20, 1948 and died on October 21, 2001. His work at Faultline garnered commendations from City of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and most recently, Being Alive’s Spirit of Hope Award.

The world of Japanese Rope Artists was saddened with the news of the passing on September 12 of Osada Eikichi. Osada sensei was one of the most famous “nawa sensei’s” in Japan. He was born on March 15, 1925 in Tochigi Prefecture. He was the founder of the Osada Seminar, a private membership SM organization in Japan. He was well known as an architect of the Japanese SM scene, and is regarded as the founder of the SM/Rope Art show in Japan. Indeed he was recognized as the Grand Master of Rope Art in Japan.

Reverend John T. Milne, 59, a longtime Leather/SM community member, died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 11, 2001, after being stricken at his home. He was born in Bronx, NY. An active member of the gay, Leather and SM community of New York, John was among the early members of GMS/MA. John came to Utica where he was active in the community, assisting in founding the Greater Utica Lambda Fellowship. In 1986, he was a founding member of the Utica Tri's MC. John’s survivors include his life partner, Daniel Attas.

Old guard Leatherman Jim Babin died November 25, 2001 at the age of 83. He was a charter member of Delta International, as well as a member of Chicago Hellfire Club, The 15 Association, Houston’s Brotherhood of Pain and several other BDSM groups. Jim was survived by his slaveboy caspian.

Renowned sculptor Marcello Lupetti died on December 28, 20001 of a heart attack. He was 49, born on July 29, 1952 near Tucuman, Argentina. Marcello endured and survived torture by Argentina's secret police before moving to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he directed his talents toward computer science, art and political activism. He exhibited for several years at the Tom of Finland Foundation's Erotic Art Weekend. He was survived by Terry Turner and Paul Papal.

Cal Eagles MC past president Bill Walden.

GMS/MA member John "Jabez" Gulick.

GMS/MA member Mark Traxler.

Delta International member Tom Hicks.

Knights D'Orleans founding member Otto Stierl.

John "Jabez" Gulick.

 

2000

August 05, 2000

2000
The Leather Journal

Chris Wentzell wrote a history of the Satyrs Motorcycle Club's 45 years while Dave Rhodes photographed Satyrs MC members for the cover of Issue #118.

The following were winners of the Excellence in Club Communications honors promised in the June Issue. Winners were determined by the sole opinion of The Leather Journal. Best Newsletter, GMS/MA's Newslink; Most Informative Newsletter, Submissions produced by SigMa of Washington, DC; Best Designed Newsletter: Large club went to GMS/MA's Newslink and Small Club went to VASM's (Vancouver Activists in SM) Scene; Best Club Event Flyer, GMS/MA designed for the first Gotham Leatherman Contest and the Regiment of the Black and Tans in Los Angeles, invitation to their Christmas dinner; Best Club Photo, Philadelphians MC produces a wonderful Christmas photo every year; Best Web Site, TULSA (Tulsa Uniform and Leather Seekers Association; Most Informative Web Site, Society of Janus and the Leathermen's Discussion Group, both from San Francisco, CA; Hottest Web Site, Golden Gate Guards of San Francisco and TULSA.

The Centaur Motorcycle Club of Washington, DC celebrated their 35th Anniversary, 25th Anniversary of Leather Cocktails and the 15th Anniversary of the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather Contest the weekend of January 13-16. Winner Tom Robinson graced  the cover of Issue #119.

Clubs

A jury in San Diego, CA unanimously acquitted Crickett Watkins, the first of The San Diego Six charged with committing a Lewd Act in Public.

The board of Club X San Diego accepted the recommendation by its LeatherFest executive staff that LeatherFest XI be postponed 2001. The new date would be Labor Day Weekend of 2001 and it was held in Palm Springs, CA.

A poll of those who attend OCLA (Orange Coast Leather Assembly) meetings in Garden Grove, CA suggests that monthly programs include, Finding a Mentor, Bondage Furniture/Equipment, Trust and Respect, Daddy/Boy or Owner/Puppy Relationships, Rope and Head Bondage, Shaving, Hot Wax, Pressure Points and Prostate Massage, Needles and Temporary Piercing and Building a Play Space.

On Sunday, January 9 the Denver/Defenders Levi Leather Club elected the following officers for 2000: leader Tony Cordova, secretary Jon Cole and treasurer Jim Steffens.

The newly elected officers of the Atons were president Sam Carlisle, reelected vice president Jeff Mehelich, reelected treasurer Paul Rozendaal, secretary Bruce Chambers.

The Bluegrass COLTS of Lexington, KY named their new officers who were president Gary Hall, vice president Richard Watts, secretary/treasurer Steve Bowman and road captain Larry Stanley.

The Chicago Hellfire Club made Vince Butz an honorary member. Vince had been active with CHC since the early 1980's and served as vice president of the club and Inferno coordinator several times.

The Centaur Motorcycle Club of Washington, DC celebrated their 35th Anniversary, 25th Anniversary of Leather Cocktails and the 15th Anniversary of the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather Contest the weekend of January 13-16.

The Roman Eagles became the newest Leather club in Europe when held their first meeting on January 16 in Rome, Italy.

The new board for the Rainmakers of South Florida included president John Kingma, vice president Doug Levy, treasurer Jeff Krenz, secretary Kevin Freeman, ad-hoc Glen Cameron and Michael Gates, newsletter Mark Berger and web master Alex Curbelo. The Trident Knights presented Carolina Encounters in Charleston, SC near the end of January with plenty of workshops and a vendor fair.

John Maxwell, Bryan McGee and Benny Warden were inaugurated as new Baltimore Leather Association of the Deaf (BLADeaf) officers at the 10th Anniversary banquet.

Avatar celebrated its 17th Anniversary at a luxurious home on Mount Olympus in the Hollywood Hills. The theme was Neptune's Dungeon.

International Bear Rendezvous 2000, sponsored by the Bears Of San Francisco took place at the Gift Center.

The 15 Association of San Francisco celebrated its 20th Anniversary on the last weekend of February. The club was recognized by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown for its long history of community service.

The Tampa Bay Bondage Club hosted Black Out 2000 at the Suncoast Resort Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL on the first weekend of February.

The Tarheel Leather Club of Greensboro, NC held two Blackhearts Balls in February, the first in Washington, DC in conjunction with the Scarlett's Bake Sale fundraiser and one at Warehouse 29 in Greensboro the following weekend.

The Knights of Malta: Jet Chapter in Seattle, WA held their annual Beggar's Feast at the Polish Hall.

The members of Spearhead in Toronto, Canada celebrated their 30th Anniversary at the Royal Canadian Curling Club on Saturday night, March 11. Founded in 1970, Spearhead is the oldest Leather/Denim affiliation in Canada.

The Richmond Leather Club of Richmond, VA celebrated their First Anniversary with Bal de Sade at Fielden's.

SM Gays in London, UK held Slave Academy 2000 at the Hoist where masters put their slaves on display. Each slave had six challenges to excel and to show their skills.

The SM/Fetish clubs of Los Angeles and Orange County banded together and presented Working Out The Kinks - A Guide To Leather Sex,...etc. at the Ed Gould Plaza Auditorium in front of over 150 Leatherfolk. The free presentation by members of Avatar, LA RAWW, LA Shanti, OCLA and Threshold was aimed at those new into Leather/SM/Fetish or those who were interested and want to know more.

Menamore held Lion's Pride XI. The special guest was To Love, To Obey, To Serve and Damphir author Viola Johnson. Over $5,000 was raised for the Leather Archives and Museum.

Heartless presented Dreams to Reality in Omaha, NE the weekend of March 10-12 at the Reddick Hotel. Dreams to Reality featured workshops, a show, vendors and play parties.

3SM of Calgary, Canada held their Ides of March Weekend with Hardy Haberman of Dallas, TX as guest speaker.

Entre Nous of Boston, MA made its annual trip south to the Big Easy for Equinox in New Orleans, hosting parties in the French Quarter and no doubt the Phoenix.

Saber MC of Fort Lauderdale, hosted Saber THRUST XVIII with multiple dungeons, vendor fair and a boat cruise.

The Seattle Men in Leather named its new board members. They were president Marc Mead, vice president Jake Brower, treasurer Woody Woodruff and board members Don Brown, Rick Graven, Frank Nelson and Larry Ryan.

The Kansas City Pioneers celebrated their 25th Anniversary with their Silverado 2000 run at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Kansas City, MO. As part of the weekend, the first Conference of Conference took place with member clubs of the Mid-America Conference of Clubs, American Motorcycle Conference of Clubs, Texas Conference of Clubs, Southeast Conference of Clubs and the Houston Conference of Clubs.

Northwind held Rubbout X in Vancouver, Canada This has become one of the major stops for rubber/latex players each year. The Shipmates held their 26th Anniversary.

The Steel City Centurions held their annual Uniform Party at the Toolbox in Birmingham, AL, a well-attended event that even an F-1 tornado could not stop.

Code 12 Jax of Jacksonville, FL held Jailbreak 2000 and announced that their membership had grown to 16 in less than two years.

The Regiment of the Black and Tans held their Spring Maneuvers weekend in Los Angeles and it lived up to its billing with men from Portland, OR to as far away as Germany attending.

OCLA (Orange Coast Leather Assembly) began meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month, with the first Tuesday being Leather Rap 101.

In late 1999, the Baltimore area SM community lost it's public venues for education and recreational activities due to Baltimore City zoning problems. With the help of the NCSF, concerned citizens formed a task force, Baltimore AT EASE (Baltimore Advocates for Tolerance and Education of Alternative Sexual Expression), to address the problems with SM groups in Baltimore City.

Not far away in Washington, DC, SigMa chairman Ed Moore was honored for his service as cochair of the Leather Leadership Conference.

The Sandia Leathermen Club in Albuquerque, NM disbanded after several years of great contributions to the Leather community locally and nationally.

On April 28 a slave auction by MAsT: New York raised $810 from 16 slaves that were placed on the auction block.  The proceeds of this auction benefitted New York’s Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project.

The Los Angeles area gay Asian community gathered for an evening of Leather/SM/Fetish at The Village - Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood. Avatar's public relations officer George Wong co-presented with Andre Ting of the Chinese Rainbow Association.

Shibari: Las Vegas hosted the West Coast Regional Leather community activists presentations in Las Vegas.

NLA: Austin presented its ninth annual Texas Leather Pride in Austin Texas the weekend of May 4-7 and held the Texas Leather Pride Leather Contest with Bob Keltner and Candice Young, both of Dallas and members of NLA: Dallas winning.

Tsarus was holding their Aida 2000 run the same weekend in the woods near Memphis, TN. The Utica Tri's hosted their 14th Anniversary Weekend in Utica, NY.

One of the popular runs in the Southeast is Shipwreck hosted by the Key West Wreckers. 140 people attended Shipwreck 2000.

Pittsburgh MC held Three Rivers XVI: A Treasure Hunt the weekend before IML.

Trident: LA named its new officers. They were president John Strnisha, vice president John McMinn, secretary Bryce Pedges and treasurer Bryce Pedges (not an error).

The Tradesmen Leather Club of Charlotte, NC held Trademark XIV.

The Texas Conference of Clubs hosted Lonestar XIII at their Buzzard's Peak camp ground near Cameron, TX.

The Border Riders Motorcycle Club of Seattle, WA, the Pacific Northwest's oldest and largest motorcycle club for gay men, held their 31st Annual Victoria Day Run.

A Night of Pain, Pleasure, Passion, and Ecstasy was the theme for Avatar's Exploratorium in North Hollywood, CA.

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club hosted their Spring Run at Camp Wasewagon in the San Bernardino National Forest over Memorial Day Weekend.

The Knights of Malta: Jet Chapter held Rendezvous 2000, Knights in Leather Fantasyland at Miller River.

The Firedancers held their 13th Anniversary and Ruby Slipper Charity Auction in Dallas, TX. The run featured bar and cocktail parties, comedy show, awards, banquet and a road rally.

The 15 Association held a successful Boot Camp run at Saratoga Springs about 125 miles north of San Francisco with about 70 men from as far as Manchester, England attending.

The Phoenix Uniform Club held their Ninth Annual Leather and Uniform Ball on Friday night, June 23 in the Green Room San Francisco Civic Center with over 650 people eating a fabulous buffet and dancing to the live Big Band music of City Swing.

The Satyrs and Warriors Motorcycle Clubs banded together to host the Joshua Tree Run in the Southern California desert.

The Philadelphians MC held their Annual Picnic at Valinor Farms in Bucks County, PA.

The newly elected board of GMS/MA (Gay Male S/M Activists) included chairman Andrew Harwin, president Peter Boruchowitz, vice president Gil Kessler (also education chairman), treasurer Michael J. Horowitz, executive secretary Paul Westin and membership, secretary David T. Wallace. Joining them were newly elected board members Gary Chefetez, Tom Dennison, and Michael Yongue, as well as reelected members Bruce Marcus and Joe O' Sullivan (special events chairman). They joined returning members Craig Owen, Thom Saporita (public relations chairman), and John Zimmerman. Additional members of the board included the following committee chairmen: membership Tom Kelley, publications Fred Michmershuizen, programs Davien O. Nelson and Folsom Street East V committee chairman Philip Williams.

GMS/MA produced its Fourth Annual Folsom Street East Block Party in New York, NY. The weekend saw Leather Pride Night raise big bucks the night before and Fred Little won the Mr. Lure 2000 Contest.

The Key West Wreckers hosted Ship Wreck VIII: On the Rocks at Lighthouse Court in Key West, FL. The club's officers for 2001 were president Jonathan Fowler, vice president Kevin Truehart, secretary Tom Kemper, treasurer Ed Burr, Angus Konstam and historian Kenne Tucker.

Philadelphians MC held an overnighter at Valinor Farms titled Down on the Farm.

The Knight Hawks of Virginia received the Hampton Roads Pride 2000 Community Service Award during the annual Pride Picnic at Lakewood Park in Norfolk, VA.

Community Ties drew 400 fellow BDSMers to a summer camp in Southeast Pennsylvania for Leather Retreat 2000.

The Tarheel Leather Club of Greensboro, NC celebrated their 10th annual summer camp out run with X Marks The Spot, June 30-July 2.

NLA: International became the first organization to announce their affiliation and support of  the Leather Literary Project. The Project's first effort would be The Leather Encyclopedia. The first formal presentation was made to the public at this year's Living in Leather Conference in Seattle. The Leather Encyclopedia was to be the first of its kind; an alphabetical reference chronicling the history, achievements and advancements of the Leather/SM/Fetish community along with biographies of pioneers, leaders and significant contributors over the years.

The New York Renegades hosted their eighth annual Renegade Run at a private rustic retreat in the Delaware Valley, PA.

The Atons of Minneapolis held their 14th biennial run with the theme being The Legend of Paul Bunyan.

The California Eagles MC went on their annual summer weekend motorcycle run July 7-9 to the Spyglass Inn at Pismo Beach about 200 miles South of San Francisco.

NLA: Oklahoma City named their new officers: cochair TJ McKinsey,  male cochair Stephen Scott, treasurer Storm Turner and council member at large Hank Peplowski, educational chair Brent Fluty, charitable endeavors Nikkii Adams and web master Ed Luisser.

PEP: Atlanta (People Exchanging Power) moved into a new and much larger club house in Tucker, GA.

Avatar Club of Los Angeles drew more than 3,000 Leatherfolk from all over Southern California to Exploratorium 2000 on Saturday night, May 20 in North Hollywood, CA.

There was nearly 15,000 Leatherfolk at GMS/MA's (Gay Male S/M Activists) Folsom Street East 2000 (FSE) block party in front of The LURE in New York on Sunday, June 19. It was cloudy most of the day and there were a few sprinkles of rain, but it was not enough to stop a record crowd from attending.

Leatherfolk from across the world converged on the Sea-Tac Double Tree Inn June 29 - July 3 for the National Leather Association: International's Living in Leather XV conference. Over 500 people took part  in four days of dinners, play parties, workshops and shopping opportunities in the Leather market.

The third annual Thunder in the Mountains weekend took place held in Denver, CO. The list of workshop presenters included Joseph Bean, Brian Dawson, Bob Deegan, Cleo Dubois, Leslie Finney, Mark Frazier, Roger Leighton, Fetish Diva Midori, Fakir Musafar, Gayle Rubin, Frank Strona and Lolita Wolf.

Motor Sport Amsterdam celebrated its 30th Anniversary by hosting the ECMC and Leatherfolk from all over the world during the first weekend of August.

The Rochester Rams celebrated 25th anniversary with a summer run at a campground near Seneca Lake.

The Bluegrass COLTS celebrated their 10th anniversary with Xtacy 2000 in Lexington, KY with the run being cosponsored by the Louisville Knightwings and the COLTS.

Avatar hosted Camp Avatar 2000 at a campground near Silverwood Lake north of San Bernardino, CA.

The Eulenspiegel Society held a highly successful TES 2000 weekend of pansexual BD/SM education and fun in New York which featured guest speakers, workshops, play parties, vendors, a street fair and block party, a dom versus sub coed softball game in Central Park and the TES 2000 Follies. Presenters included Laura Antoniou, Jay Wiseman, Lolita Wolf, Fetish Diva Midori, Frank Strona, Bob Deegan, Frazier, Mistress Lalique, Barbara Nitke, Michael Horowitz, Sir Michael, Soduire, Party Man and Susan Wright.

The Key West Wreckers named their new slate of officers. They were president Jonathan Fowler, vice president Kevin Truehart, secretary Tom Kemper, treasurer Ed Burr, membership officer Angus Konstam and historian Kenne Tucker.

The Capital Leathermen L/LC of Raleigh, NC held their annual Leather Run at the Holiday Inn State Capital.

The Golden Gate Guards hosted their 14th Annual weekend run, California Gold: Celebrating 150 Years in the Golden State in the beautiful redwoods of Camp Mendocino.

The Knights of Malta: Jet Chapter had the honor of hosting the greater Knights of Malta annual conference, Assembly 2000 in Seattle, WA. The Knights of Malta has several chapters in the organization in the western half of the United States. Assembly rotates from such cites as Denver, Fresno, Seattle and San Francisco each year.

The Satyrs Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, CA held their 38th annual motorcycle run to Badger Flat over Labor Day Weekend.

The Centaur MC of Washington, DC held their biannual Labor Day Olympia run bringing 350 Leatherfolk to a private campground outside Philadelphia.

On September 3, The Southeast Men of ONYX, a newly formed extension of ONYX from Chicago, presented a Leather/SM/BD 101 seminar as part of the Black Gay Pride celebration in Atlanta, GA.

Spearhead held its 30th Anniversary with Round-Up 2000: Leathermen and Lumberjacks in the Haliburton Hills outside Toronto, Canada.

The Promethean Guard hosted Leather Pride 2000, a first, September 8-10 in Asbury Park, NJ.

The Knights d' Orleans celebrating their 26th Anniversary in the Big Easy with Things That Go Bump In The Night.

The Corn Haulers LL of Des Moines, IA hosted Cornball 2000: Children of the Corn II: The Nightmare Continues. The run show Bottoms Over Broadway got rave reviews.

The Coastal Empire Sentinels hosted Empire 2000: Triumph, The Phoenix Rising in Savannah, GA. The Fall meeting of the Southeast Conference of Clubs took place at the run.

The Chicago Hellfire Club held Inferno XXIX in two sessions totalling one week in length. An estimated 350 men attended either or both sessions at a private location in Michigan.

IronGuard BC celebrated their 25th Anniversary serving the Leather community with Dinner at the 7th Regiment Mess Restaurant in New York, NY.

Kindred of Maine elected their new officers on September 8. They were president Mark F., vice president Melanie T., secretary Terry B., treasurer Stacey T., road captain Roger M., sergeant-at-arms Chris K.

After a two year hiatus, NLA: Dallas hosted Beyond Vanilla X with educational workshops and seminars geared for the novice and intermediate SM/BD and D/s enthusiast.

NLA: New England brought representatives from the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) to Boston to present two seminars: Talking to Cops About SM presented by Susan Wright and Leigha Fleming courtesy of the NCSF Law Enforcement Outreach Program.

The Seventh Annual Queer Biker Invasion of Death Valley, “A loosely disorganized ride" started on Castro Street in San Francisco and wound its way over Tioga Pass, the highest road elevation in California that one can ride a motorcycle before reaching Death Valley, the lowest place in North America one can ride.

The Eulenspiegel Association hosted the first New York SM Film Festival in New York with films exploring bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism, role play, power exchange, and fetish. The goal was to entertain, enlighten, and provoke discussion both within the existing SM and Leather communities and among the curious. Six films were screened including The Good, The Bad, and the Ridiculous: S/M at the Movies presented by Thor Stockman of GMS/MA.

The Tom of Finland Foundation held its Fifth Annual Erotic Art Weekend at The Loft on Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood, CA and at the Foundation House near downtown Los Angeles.

Dykes 'n Dolls became a new women's group in South Florida, open to all biological and transgender women over the age of 21 who are interested in exploring consensual BDSM with other women.

VASM (Vancouver Activists in SM) held their 17th Anniversary in Vancouver, Canada. Bill "The Hun" Schmeling, a noted erotic artist living in Portland, OR, received the David Lewis Memorial Award for Community Service.

Over 200 motorcyclists from all over the Bay Area rode from San Francisco to the Russian River for the Fourth Annual Ride for Life on October 15. Over $30,000 was raised for people living with HIV disease and AIDS.

On October 7, Trident: Central Florida held its second annual charity fundraiser at the Full Moon Saloon in Orlando and collected $2,000 for Centaur, the local AIDS service organization, and HER, a local Women's health service organization.

The District of Columbia Sexual Minority Advocates (DCSMA) named their new officers. They were spokesperson Jim Mockus, education cochairs Julie Bindeman and Jonathan Krall, acting treasurer and recording secretary Don Mease and John V. continued as membership secretary.

The men of ONYX hosted Blackout V at the Cell Block in Chicago, IL.

Over the last weekend in October, MAsT: New York (Masters And slaves Together) held their second Chapter weekend. Part of the celebration included a Master's Auction at the LURE to raise money for the club's banners with a total of $1,014 collected.

The Women at Amsterdam Leather Pride and the Wild Side held their third annual conference, WALP 2000, with nearly 200 in attendance.

New Avatar executive board of directors included president David Murdock, vice president David Okihiro, treasurer Charles Goldman, secretary Ted Kuehner; board members at large Carlos Iriarte, Mike McDonnell and Luis Castillo. Among the men named to appointed positions were public relations director George Wong and web master Will Hildreth. Avatar held its annual Fetish Swap Meet on November 8.

The California Eagles MC of San Francisco, CA went on their annual run to the Russian River, staying at the Russian River Resort in Guerneville.

The Threshold Society in Los Angeles held their annual Bizarre Bazaar, the largest pansexual fetish vendor fair in Southern California, on November 12 at Nob Hill in Panorama City, CA.

It may not seem like it, but GMS/MA (Gay Male S/M Activists) of New York, NY has been around 20 full years. The club with over 500 members worldwide celebrated its 20th Anniversary during its Leatherfest November 10-11.

After 10 years of operating as a private play party organization The Brotherhood became a public club for gay men into the Leather/SM/Fetish scene. Three of the original five founding members were on hand to welcome the clubs first 15 members at its first meeting on November 16.

The Triumvirate of Uniform Clubs holiday dinner in Los Angeles, CA was hosted by the Regiment of the Black and Tans, California B&B Corps and the Corps of Rangers on December 9.

The Lesbian Sex Mafia, the world's oldest independent organization for women of all sexual orientations exploring woman-to-woman BDSM play, held their annual women's Leather holiday social on December 10 at the LURE.

Minnesota Stocks, Debentures, and  Bonds and Vagabondage sponsored their second Bizarre Bazaar on December 16 at Metro Underground, in St. Paul, MN.

NLA: Florida presented a proposed pledge of allegiance to the Leather pride flag at their December 12 holiday party. Very closely modeled after the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag, the wording is, "I pledge allegiance to the Leather pride flag and the union of Leather people for which it stands with safety, sanity and consent for all."

The DC Boys of Leather have been accepted into membership with the Capital Area Board (CAB).

The Golden Gate Guards of San Francisco, CA named their slate of officers for 2001. They were president Lou Grosso, vice president Andy Rose, recording secretary (Pro-Tem) Lou Grosso, corresponding secretary Keith Truitt, treasurer: Chris Kanda and road Captain, Jack Goodall.

The new officers for the Warriors Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles, CA for 2001 were president Steve Harman, road captain Eric Gilfand, secretary Tom Merrifield and treasurer: Chuck Atkinson.

The Philadelphians Motorcycle Club closes out the old year and rings in the new with their annual Tri-Cen run over New Years weekend. The XXV version had plenty of activities including people games, eight meals, a formal banquet, 15 cocktail parties, viewing Philadelphia's un-televised, but world famous Mummers Parade from the club's hospitality suite overlooking the parade, the AMCC's 134th membership meeting, crowning of the Tri-Cen Pig of the Run and the Slaughterhouse Dance Party with a ritual dethroning of last year's Pig of the Run, Kyle Taylor.

Leather Titles

Tom Robinson from Virginia was chosen Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather 2000 at Nation Dance Club in Washington, DC, beating 11 other men. The contest was only part of the greater Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend that attracted almost 2,000 Leatherfolk.

Shades of Grey returned the contest production arena on Saturday night, January 8 and Mark Frazier returned to the title circuit by winning the Mr. Dallas Leather 2000 Contest at the Dallas Eagle.

Jeff Wacha was named Mr. Detour Leather 2000 on Saturday night, January 15 in Los Angeles.

Over 300 Leatherfolk crowded into the Detroit Eagle to see Icon Detroit member David Daniels win the Mr. Detroit Eagle 2000 title.

Peter Wallace won the Mr. Europe Leather 1999 in Copenhagen, DK. He was born in Sweden and moved to Norway were he actually lives with his boyfriend Stein who was Mr. Leather Europe 1997.

Earl Thomas was named Mr. Suncoast Eagle 2000 at the Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg, FL.

A crowd of 300 cheered their approval as Mr. BC Leather 1999 John L. sashed his successor, Mr. BC Leather 2000 Larry Cleve at the Royal Hotel pub in Vancouver, Canada.

The winner of the Mr. Faultline Leather 2000 Contest in Los Angeles, CA was Doug Bedard.

Ron Grigsby won the Mr. Santa Clara Leather 2000 title on January in San Jose, CA, beating out two other men. The contest was part of Santa Clara Leather Pride sponsored by the Santa Clara Leather Association.

On January 29 Jack Darnell was chosen Mr. Alaska Leather in Anchorage, AK where the Last Frontier Men's Club hosted a Black and Blue Ball VII at Mad Myrna's.

The Leather Archives and Museum announced that it was establishing a Titleholder Database with the assistance of Robert L. Guenther from Maryland. It was believed that John Lunning became the first Leather titleholder when he was named Mr. Gold Coast in October 1972.

International Bear Rendezvous 2000, sponsored by the Bears Of San Francisco took place at the Gift Center. 25 contestants appeared on stage before the winners, International Cub Bear Brad Bivvins from Tucson, AZ, International Daddy Bear Craig McCauslan from Huntington Beach, CA, International Grizzly Bear Robert Kenny from St. John's, Newfoundland and International Bear 2000 was Heath McKay from Boston, MA, were announced.

Ted Kuehner was named Mr. Bullet Leather 2000 on February 5 at the Bullet in North Hollywood. He was the first man to represent the Bullet as a contestant at International Mr. Leather.

Bob Miller won the Mr. Edge Leather 2000 title at the Edge bar in San Francisco, CA.

Mike Taylor from Cincinnati was named Mr. Heartland Leather 2000 in Columbus, OH, making the first step to becoming International Mr. Leather 2000 in May.

Mark Chipman bested four other men in winning the Mr. San Diego Leather 2000 Contest on February 25.

Four men and three women competed in the Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2000 Contest at the Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans on Saturday night, February 26. Approximately 150 people saw Joni from Atlanta, GA win the Ms sash while Jazz Thomas from Minneapolis captured the Mr. title.

Todd Leek became Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2000 title on February 27 in Minneapolis, MN.

Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather Daddy Jean and Mark Ingham hosted the Alameda County Leather Corps' Leather Elegance: Casino Royale at the YWCA in Oakland, CA to benefit Project Open Hand.

Across the Bay in San Francisco Mama Reinhardt held Let's Make A Deal at Daddy's to benefit the Positive Resources.

The biggest Leather contest in Los Angeles proud history took place at the El Rey Theater on March 18. At about 11 PM Mr. Detour Leather Jeff Wacha became Mr. LA Leather 2000 as a crowd of 600 cheered. The production and the LA Leather Coalition was the brainchild of Brent Sweer and Mr. LA Leather 1999 William Schindler.

Terry Brown was named Mr. Dixie Belle Leather 2000 at the bars new space, DB Warehouse Complex in Kansas City, MO.

Gary Hummel, who was first runner up in KC the week before, travelled east on I-70 to win the Mr. Missouri Leather Contest on March 17.

The winner of the Mr. Baltimore Eagle Leather 2000 contest was Buzzy Malinowski.

The Mr. Pistons Leather 2000 title went to Satyrs MC member John Bloom on March 25 in Long Beach, CA.

Thom Kahn from Lexington was sashed as Mr. Kentucky Leather on March 24-25 at the Phoenix in Lexington, KY.

Representing the Powerhouse, Lance Gear emerged the winner of the Mr. San Francisco Leather title.

JoAnn Wadsworth was named Ms Philadelphia Leather 2000 and Mark Cady was chosen Mr. Philadelphia Leather 2000.

Vendela Zane was selected Ms Baltimore Eagle 2000.

Bob "Puppy" Pedder was only two points better than the next man and thus became Mr. Boston Leather 2000 in front of a full house at the Ramrod in Boston, MA.

Craig Kelso became Washington State Mr. Leather. The Mr. Leather Western Michigan 2000 Contest was won by John Rossi Brothers bar in Kalamazoo on April 8.

Bob Forbes won the Mr. Empire State Leather 2000 title as part of STARS MC's anniversary weekend in Albany, NY.

There wasn't much Leather presence at the Millennium March On Washington the weekend of April 28-30 in Washington, DC. Most of the Leatherfolk were participating in the American Brotherhood Weekend at the Washington Plaza Hotel. American Leatherman 2000 was Dean Ogren of Chicago, IL; American Leatherwoman 2000 was Paula Smith from Charleston, SC and American Leather Boy 2000 was Randie Smith of Green Island, NY.

Bruce Tidwell, a member of the Southeast Corporal Punishment Club and a boot black at the Atlanta Eagle, was named Mr. Atlanta Eagle during the Eagle's anniversary celebration.

The Whips and Wigs show, held at Trax V in Toronto, Canada on Thursday night May 4, was a triumph for Toront 's Drag and Leather Communities. Whips and Wigs was co-produced by Mr. Leatherman Toronto Competition, Inc. (MLT) and The Imperial Court of Toronto (TICOT).

Niq Shelby became San Francisco Mr. Drummer 2000 and Terry Gauchet was named San Francisco Drummerboy 2000 at Daddy's on Thursday, May 4.

The Atlanta Eagle kicked off its 13th Anniversary weekend May 5-7 with the Mr. Atlanta Eagle Leather title going to Randie Saxxon and Ms Atlanta Eagle to Lorna Pierce.

Rick Fox was announced as Mr. Pennsylvania Drummer and Derick Rojas was named Pennsylvania Drummerboy at Pittsburgh Leather Central on May 6.

Randall Kinnear of Pawnee, OK was named Gulf Coast Mr. Drummer 2000 and Kevin Eddings was named Gulf Coast Drummerboy 2000.

RC Morris, who ranked high in the top 20 at International Mr. Leather in 1997, was named Mr. Ebony Leather at the Cell Block in Chicago on Thursday night, May 25 in front of about 200 cheering onlookers. Mr. Ebony Leather was produced by Cain Berlinger of New York, NY for the third year.

Mike Taylor of Cincinnati, OH was voted best of 62 contestants from seven nations to become International Mr. Leather 2000 on Sunday night, May 28 at the Congress Theater in Chicago, IL. First runner-up was Mr. Pistons Leather Scott Bloom from Long Beach, CA and second runner-up was Mr. Boston Leather Bob "Puppy" Pedder from Boston, MA. International Boot Black 2000 is David Hawks from Virginia, first runner-up was Boo-Boo and second runner-up was Erik Leif from Philadelphia.

Rod Wood was chosen Russian River Mr. Drummer 2000 and Brett Lallatin was selected Russian River Drummerboy 2000 at the Russian river Eagle on June 10 in Guerneville, CA.

David Labriola was named Mid Atlantic Mr. Drummer 2000, Derick Rojas was chosen Mid Atlantic Drummerboy 2000 and Paul Bohli was the winner of the Brotherhood Award at the Baltimore Eagle.

Mr. Southern California Bear 2000 was Scooter Garoutte, first runner-up was Michael Williams and second runner up was Ted "Bear" Kuehner and Southern California Cub became Richard Montoya at the Grand in Long Beach.

In Atlanta, GA, Larry Cottrill won the Southeast Mr. Drummer 2000 sash and Bruce Tidwell, who was Mr. Atlanta Eagle 1999, took the Southeast Drummerboy title at South East Leather Fest. Ms Southeast Leather Pride was Samantha Claar, and International Master and slave Steve Sampson and kirk.

Great Lakes Mr. Drummer Daniel Clark was from Indianapolis, IN and Great Lakes Drummerboy Andrew was from Cincinnati, OH in a contest sponsored by Torso Productions in Columbus, OH.

Jo Blas from San Diego, CA was named International Ms Leather 2000 (IMsL) and Crickett Watkins from Chula Vista, CA which is a suburb of San Diego was second runner-up in Toronto, Canada the weekend of July 20-23. Christine Baker from Calgary, Canada was first runner-up. International Ms Bootblack was Michael from Colorado Springs, CO.

Longtime Leather community activist Keith Truitt was named San Francisco Leather Daddy XVIII at the Eagle Tavern on Friday night, July 28 in front of about 250 spectators.

The Florida Mr. Drummer Contest took the stage at the Suncoast Resort Hotel in St. Petersburg with Mark D'Aleo from Miami Beach taking the Mr. title and Efrain Nunez of Wilton Manor walking off with the boy sash.

Tuff Stuff Leatherware sponsored the first Southwest Mr. Drummer and Drummerboy Contest in several years. Mr. Southwest Drummer was Ky Fitzgerald and Southwest Drummerboy was Richard Black.

Daniel Rabone became New England Mr. Drummer 2000  and Kevin H. was chosen New England Drummerboy 2000 at the Ramrod in Boston, MA.

52 year old Bob Dern became San Francisco Leather Daddy's Boy  in late August.

The Alameda County Leather Corps (ACLC) staged their Ninth Annual Mr. and Ms Alameda County Leather 2000 Contest on Saturday night, August 26 at the Hill and Valley Club in Hayward, CA with Jeff Miranda and Bianca Binky winning the titles.

Linda Cox became Ms Rocky Mountain Leather 2000 and Joseph Stanley was named Mr. Rocky Mountain Leather 2000 Thunder in the Mountains in Denver, CO.

The first International Mr. Drummer and Drummerboy Contest to be held outside San Francisco was a success. Mike Zuhl from Pittsburgh, PA took over the rights to produce the contest. Great Lakes Mr. Drummer Daniel Clark became International Mr. Drummer 2000 and Southwest Drummerboy Richard Black was chosen International Drummerboy 2000 at the Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg FL on Saturday night, September 16 in front of at least 600 enthusiastic Leatherfolk.

Ms Louisiana Leather 1999 Alisa Swindell from New Orleans, LA began putting together a book of essays by members of the Leather/SM/Fetish community and is limited to those aged 20-35 years old. The title will be Seeking the Time, Talents and Words of Those Coming Up In Leather.

The International Deaf Leather 2000 Contest took place at Club Townsend in San Francisco during Folsom Street Fair weekend. Buck Rogers from Washington, DC become IDL and Black C. win the IMsDL sash.

San Francisco Leather Daddy XVIII Keith Truitt and Daddy's Boy Bob Dern presented their first fund raiser as a duo on October 29, at Daddy's Bar. The event raised $530 for the Positive Resource Center.

The first Lonestar Mr. Drummer was Jim Nixon and Lonestar Drummerboy was Patrick Chess in contests held at Mary's in front of 300 onlookers in Houston, TX. $1,000 was collected for the Colt 45's AIDS Troublefund as part of this Leatherfest weekend.

Rick Ellis was named Mr. Maryland Leather 2001 at the Stagecoach Saloon in Baltimore, MD on November 4 and Bob Sprout received the Brotherhood Award.

On November 4, Melanie Towes was best of two women competing for the Ms San Diego Leather title at The Hole. Towes succeeded Jo Blas who ascended to the International Ms Leather 2000 title via Ms San Diego Leather.

Gwendolyn Evans and Glen Fidi became Ms and Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2001 on November 11 in Hayward, CA.

Dan Newman won the Mr. Tri-State Leather Contest held at the Serpent in Cincinnati, OH. This was the title that led Mike Taylor to becoming International Mr. Leather 2000.

The fourth annual Mr. International Rubber Contest took place at the Cell Block in Chicago the weekend of November 12. Chad McLaughlin from Chicago emerged as Mr. International Rubber 2001 while Tommy DeNial, also from Chicago, was first runner-up and Jim Drew from San Francisco was named second runner-up.

Over 400 Leatherfolk gathered at The Detroit Eagle on November 11, to watch Paul O'Rourke become Mr. Detroit Eagle 2001.

Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) hosted their Palm Springs Leather Weekend November 9-12 with the highlight being the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2001 Contest won by Tracy Deroche.

The first Mr. North Coast Leather contest was staged at the Russian River Eagle on November 12 as part of Russian River Leather Pride Weekend and the winner there was Mr. RRR Leather T Jay Cain.

Michael Allshouse and Sheree were named Mr. and Ms Georgia Olympus Leather 2001 at the Atlanta Eagle on November 18.

A capacity crowd of more than 550 packed Barrymore's to see Norm Miller win the eighth annual Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull competition in Ottawa, ONs.

Peter Theodoropoulos who held the preliminary title of Mr. Toolbox Leather 2001 became Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2001 at  Dock's Complex on November 25. The Mr. Leather Fellowship title, voted on by the contestants, went to Remi Colette.

Darrell Moyers captured the DC Eagle sash during Thanksgiving weekend. Seven men vied for the title.

The Seattle Men in Leather held their annual Thanksgiving party with a contest. Seattle Leather Daddy 2001 was Shane Jepson and Seattle Daddy's Boy was Cyll Sheppard.

News and Politics

The Suncoast Resort in St. Petersburg, FL held its Leatherfest Weekend to be held January 21-23. Suncoast Leatherfest featured the Mr. Suncoast Eagle 2000 Contest, the Erotic Leather Fashion Show, a blackout party, dungeon dance, demonstrations and workshops and a private dungeon.

The Leather Archives and Museum began establishing a Titleholder Database with the assistance of Robert L. Guenther from Maryland.

Marcus Hernandez sent us a photo of Patrick Toner's recently added patch to the AIDS Quilt. Marcus recently was asked to read names from the Quilt while it was on display in San Francisco a few weeks ago, as he had done several years ago in Washington, DC.

San Francisco's AIDS Emergency Fund named its officers for 2000 on January 11 including Peter Fiske who served as chairman of The 15 Association for several years.

The Dixie Belle Saloon became the DB Warehouse Complex when the bar moved across the street into a much larger building on January 12.

The Triangle Ball at the Hippo in Baltimore, MD on January 26 was a benefit for three play spaces closed by the City of Baltimore including Playhouse Studio and Gallery owned by Glenda Rider and Sarah Humble.

The Leather Archives and Museum opened its doors on Friday, February 20 in cold Chicago weather. The dream of Leather Archives founder Chuck Renslow has finally been realized as over 200 Leatherfolk were in the Windy City for the ribbon cutting, the Centurion Awards and tours of what they helped raise over $200,000 to get started. The grand opening was scheduled when many people would be in town for the Cell Block's Leather Pride Weekend.

The ribbon cutting was a short and sweet ceremony on Thursday night, February 17, kept so because of the predicted cold weather. A reception sponsored by the Chicago Eagle followed. Exhibits at the Museum were open to the public on Friday afternoon.

The major award winners for Pantheon of Leather X were: Woman of the Year, Viola Johnson; Man of the Year, Joseph Bean; Lifetime Achievement Award, Wally Wallace; Community Choice Award (Woman), Queen Cougar; Community Choice Award (Man), Ryan Goldner; and Forbear Award, Pat Califia. Pantheon was held February 25-27 in New Orleans, LA.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) officially launched its national Law Enforcement Outreach Program on March 19 in Washington, DC. Representatives from around the country gathered for a day of intensive training conducted by Scott Parker, Director of the NCSF Law Enforcement Outreach Program.

The Fourth Annual Leather Leadership Conference took place at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. Over 200 leaders and future leaders honed skills and learned more at the meeting.

Deep in the heart of Texas, Dean Walradt hosted boy's Training Camp II in Dallas which featured workshops , a formal dinner and play in a 12,500 square foot dungeon.

On May 13 representatives from 31 groups and organizations gathered at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago for Illinois Leather Summit 2000, a one-day conference that focused on legal issues of concern to the Leather community, specifically concentrating on Illinois laws. The Summit was the result of months of work by kink-friendly attorneys, legal consultants and dedicated volunteers who spent endless hours researching Illinois state, county and municipal statutes.

SouthEast Leather Fest 2000 (SELF) was held at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Atlanta, GA the weekend of June 15-18 and was highlighted by a plethora of Leather contests and a series of excellent Master/slave lifestyle-related workshops. South East LeatherFest was dedicated to the memory of David Armstrong who was an original member of the SELF executive committee.

The NCSF launched its Vote 2000 Awareness and Pledge Campaign at the International Mr. Leather Contest. The campaign was targeted specifically at Leather/SM/Fetish practitioners, approximately 20 million kinky adult Americans.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) announced that Baltimore City zoning has agreed to change its definition of SM activities so venues can reopen for educational and social activities.

Mr. San Francisco Leather 1996 and Pantheon of Leather Western Region Award  2000 winner Gary Virginia announced that he would be seeking a District 8 supervisorial post on the San Francisco City Council in November.

Chris Zimmerman of Wilmington, NC accepted a post as Secretary of the Leather Archives and Museum. Zimmerman is chairman of the South East Conference of Clubs and is a member of Menamore LLC in Wilmington.

Great Lakes regional coordinator David Dean and Museum curator Joseph Bean of the Leather Archives and Museum presented a series of Leather/SM classes at the Detroit Eagle.

On July 8, two cops entered a warehouse in Attleboro, Massachusetts, supposedly looking for stolen guitars. Instead, they found a pansexual Leather/SM/Fetish play party. Two people, Ben Davis and Stefany Reed were arrested, one for assault with a deadly wooden spoon. Comedian Bill Maher even had a field day making fools of the arresting officers and prosecuting attorneys.

The Dore Alley Street Fair held Sunday, July 30 on Dore Alley between Howard and Folsom Streets in San Francisco drew about 15,000 Leatherfolk.

The Sunset Junction Street Fair at the end of August saw two new Leather shops open in Los Angeles: Cagey Leather next to Gauntlet II and Mr. S Leather in the Faultline complex. The Faultline closed off its parking lot to all cars excepting Mikal Bales' Humvee for the annual Avatar and Zeus Studios Aid For AIDS benefit. There were, flogging, play piercing and liquid latex demos going on into the early evening.

San Francisco's Leather Extravaganza, held for the second year at the home of Don Gallup and Mel Thomas netted over $6,000 for the Positive Resources Center. The evening began with cocktails followed by dinner, with the indefatigable Irene Soderberg flitting from table to table presenting her vocal renditions. She was extremely generous with her talent (and time, incidentally - she had flown from Provincetown just for this event and left immediately on the red-eye to go back there again!). Chef Pec put on a first class meal described as a Pacific Rim Feast.

A new sex club opened in Los Angeles in late September and it is huge. Slammer has about 6,000 square feet of space which has been formed into large maze, several slings, a watersports room and some innovative ideas that will make certain things more fun and convenient.

The Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24 had to have had a record crowd in the 85 degree sunshine. A final tally revealed that $268,000 was collected from the voluntary $2 admission at the gate and beverage sales at booths staffed by mostly Leather and bike clubs. If the sunshine made Fair goers warm, the money raised made the beneficiaries feel even warmer.

The first LA Valley Pride weekend was held September 29 and October 1 in Sherman Oaks, CA. Leatherman Paul Waters was the driving force behind it. The Bullet bar had a booth there as did a handful of Leather merchants. Waters also produces Simi Valley Pride and is connected to the other pride organizations around the country. The LAPD, Sheriffs Department and LA Fire Department had vehicles on the premises, helping to add to the "eye candy."

The first Great Lakes Leather Conference took place in Louisville, KY the weekend of September 29 - October 1. The conference featured the Mr. Louisville Drummer 2000 and Ms Kentucky Leather 2000 contests which were won by Don Palmore and Sinsy Moon. There were workshops and a formal dinner which had a controversial keynote speech by Leather Archives and Museum director Joseph Bean.

Dungeon  501 held in Fort Lauderdale, FL grew from 1999's attendance. There were 225 attendees, 22 instructors and over 100 courses to select from.

The Tom of Finland Foundation held its Sixth Annual Erotic Art Weekend in Los Angeles October 13-15. The main event was a two-day art fair at The Loft on Santa Monica Blvd. where about 60 artists using various mediums had their works on display and for sale.

Northbound Leather of Toronto, Canada presented THRUST: Fetish Fashion Fantasy show on October 21 at the Docks Entertainment Complex 11. Fashions on display included Leather, rubber, PVC, latex, fetish sex wear, drag, lingerie, uniforms and Gothic.

SouthEast LeatherFest V, held in June, completed its final accounting revealed that profits totaled $5,190.87. Charitable donations were made to Haven House in the amount of  $1,125, and Jerusalem House received $1,125, donated in appreciation to Jim Maness, longtime SELF executive committee member; AIDS Treatment Initiative garnered $2,250, donated in loving memory of Leonard Sewell and $690.87 was set aside for local and regional titleholders for travel-fund assistance.

The Sanctuary of the Dark Angel and Dark Moon Productions presented their Second Annual Halloween Masquerade Charity Ball Benefit for The Leather Archives October 27-29 at A Sanctuary of the Dark Angel in Atlanta, GA.

Mr. San Francisco Leather 1996 Gary Virginia ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as an open Leatherman in the November 7 election. Although he did not win, his and the candidacy of another individual forced incumbent Mark Leno and Eileen Hansen into a runoff. Virginia received over 1,100 votes.

The Leather Archives and Museum, National Coalition For Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and The Leather Leadership Conference (LLC) hosted a reception and weekend outreach effort at the 13th annual NGLTF Creating Change at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, GA. This was the first time such a collective of SM/Leather/Fetish national organizations were represented at the world's largest GLBT conference. 750 Leatherfolk made a highly-visible presence.

Dean Walradt and The Leather Network presented Master's Retreat II in Dallas, TX. The weekend focused on how to develop and keep the relationships alive and growing, how to train submissives, punishment and contracts and discussions were facilitated by experienced Doms who have lived, practiced and survived dominant/submissive relationships.

On November 17, Christopher Posler has been hired as assistant director of the Leather Archives and Museum.

The Bootcamp Saloon in Milwaukee, WI raised just over $3,000 for the Communities Endowment Fund at their annual Christmas dinner party and silent auction on December 10.

On Sunday, December 10 Hooker and Boys Productions hosted a benefit, The 12 Days of Christmas: Part II. $2,100 was divided among Sylvia Lynn Foundation at Chase Brexton, AIDS Action Baltimore, and Deaf Aids Project - Baltimore. In addition, a Toy Drive, raising several hundred dollars in toys for the Chase Brexton Children's party.

The Boston Leather community has established a 501(c)(3) foundation called The Leather Friendship Fund. Its first major event was Santa's Wicked Weekend, held December 9-10 at the Boston Ramrod which was hosted by International Mr. Leather 2000 Mike Taylor playing the role of Santa and Mr. Georgia Leather 2000 Wayne Brawner, who conducted an intense single tail demonstration and also provided his talents as head barber for Santa’s Shave and Smoke Shop. The event raised a little over $1,600 for the fund.

Internet

The first monthly poll of the Leather community's views started in Politics section of www.TheLeatherJournal.com at the beginning of November. The first question asked was, Should the community accept funds from the Coors Brewing Company located in Golden, CO. The results showed that 70 percent of people supported accepting money from Coors.

New on the Scene

Cagey Leather, Los Angeles, CA; Coastal Leather Allegiance to Wisdom and Service (CLAWS) of Myrtle Beach, SC; Dykes 'n Dolls of Fort Lauderdale, FL; Gay Leatherman Only (GLO) in San Diego, CA; Great Lakes Leather Conference in Louisville, KY; Harbor Room bar in Milwaukee, WI; Leather Friendship Fund of Boston, MA; Malehide.com of Chicago, IL; Mr. S Leather, Los Angeles, CA; Richmond Leather Club of Richmond, VA; Roman Eagles Leather Club, Rome, Italy; Russian River Eagle bar in Guerneville, CA; Seattle Reds of Seattle, WA; Slammer Sex Club in Los Angeles, CA; X-Chain-G Club of Flagstaff, AZ

Milestones

30 Years: Centaur MC of Washington, DC; Motor Sport Club of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; San Franciscans Motorcycle Club of San Francisco, CA; Spearhead in Toronto, Toronto, Canada

25 Years: Blue Maxx XXV by Blue Max CC of St. Louis, MO; IronGuard BC, New York, NY; Kansas City Pioneers of Kansas City, MO; Rochester Rams of Rochester, NY; Rodeo Riders of Chicago, IL; Tri Cen XXV by Philadelphians Motorcycle Club of Philadelphia, PA

20 Years: The 15 Association of San Francisco; GMS/MA (Gay Male S/M Activists, New York, NY

15 Years: Living In Leather by National Leather Association: International; Weekend Run by Cal Eagles MC of San Francisco, CA

10 Years: Baltimore Leather Association of the Deaf (BLADeaf), Baltimore, MD; Tarheel Leather Club, 10th Annual summer camp out run X Marks The Spot, Greensboro, NC; Bluegrass COLTS, Lexington, KY; NLA: Dallas, Beyond Vanilla X, Dallas, TX; The Brotherhood of Boston, Boston, MA; NLA: Florida of Fort Lauderdale, FL; Northwest Bears of Seattle, WA; Pantheon of Leather of New Orleans, LA; Rubbout X by Northwind of Vancouver, Canada

Five Years: Tom of Finland Foundation, Erotic Art Weekend, Los Angeles, CA; ONYX hosted Blackout V, Chicago, IL; South East Leather Fest V, Atlanta, GA; Bal Masque V by the Lords of Leather of New Orleans, LA; Cell Block bar in Chicago, IL; Daddy's bar in San Francisco, CA; Leather Elegance by the Alameda County Leather Corps of Hayward, CA; Leather University with Dungeon 501 of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Gone, But Not Forgotten

The Sandia Leathermen Club in Albuquerque, NM disbanded.
The New York Eagle closed after about 30 years as one of the Big Apple's leading Leather institutions.
The Spike closed a few months later in New York, NY.
Jared Wayne Campo died on January 12 at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans, LA from complications with HIV.
Jared was a cherished member of The Lords of Leather for the past 13 years and served on the board of directors for 11 of those, including being captain of the Lords' Bal Masque XIII, Lord King XII, Lord Consort VII, president, secretary and treasurer. He was credited with founding the Mr. New Orleans Leather contest which evolved into the Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest.
Marie Ross Leklaos passed away on Friday, March 31. She was the manager of Hell Fire till last year and a former board Member of The Eulenspiegel Society.
International Mr. Drummer 1990 Clive Platman passed away at his home in Auckland, New Zealand with his family and friends at his bedside. Clive was chosen Mr. Australia Drummer in 1990 and went on to win the International Drummer contest in San Francisco in September.
Basil Latham, a member of Spearhead in Toronto, Canada, died at his home on April 14 following a brief illness. He was 71 years old. Basil was an original member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a former member of the Lanyards and joined Spearhead in 1994. He was survived by his partner of 34 years, Jim Lynx.

Leonard Sewell was co-owner of 4Skins Leather shop, served as South East Leather Fest cochair in 1997, and served on the South East Leather Fest board since its start, Leonard held the Mr. Georgia Leather title in 1996 and was formerly a bartender at the Atlanta Eagle. Leonard cofounded the Dallas Bears in 1986.
Curtis Atkinson, also known by his artist's name William Stevens, was perhaps best known in the Los Angeles Leather community for his creations while working at Wayne's Leather Rack  in the early 1990s including the white sailor's outfit worn by Wayne to a number of events and The Leather Journal banner. He died at his home due to a sudden heart failure on April 17. He was born December 6, 1951. His paintings and sculptures were shown at the Tom of Finland Erotic Art Festival in 1998 and 1999.
Neil Anthony Gordon, a retired social worker, died Sunday, June 18 of a stroke at his home. He was 62. Gordon was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He was a member of The Lords of Leather and the Knights d' Orleans. In The Lords of Leather Mr. Gordon served as a active member since 1984, and a board member for many of those years. He was Lord King VII, and Lord Consort XIV.
Dick "Richard" Arruda, a member of Spearhead of Toronto, Canada for 25 years passed away on June 26 and was born on February 28, 1935. He served as membership director of the club.
Tony DeBlase, creator of the Leather Pride Flag, past publisher of Drummer Magazine, author and Leather community activist, died peacefully in Portland, Oregon, on July 21 after an extended illness, largely involving liver failure.
Jerry "puppy" Crumpley died Wednesday, August 16. Jerry was a member of Chicago Hellfire Club and the Disciples of DeSade and an honorary member of the Rocky Mountaineers MC. Jerry was for many years the lover and puppy of John Ferrari.
The Houston Area Bears lost a member and a dear friend named Scot Mackie in August.
Jacqui Jewels, a Leatherman/drag queen, a rare combination, passed away in September. As well as being an enthusiastic Leather boy, he also designed costumes, hairdos and jewelry for most of the members of the Imperial and Royal courts in his day.
Leather Daddy XVI Kelly Showers passed away in late October. He was a member of the Constantines.
Scott Rodriguez, co-owner of The Cuff Complex died on November 27. Scott was a Seattle Men in Leather member,  the founder and president of the Washington State Mr. Leather Organization and was named the 1999 GSBA Business Man of the Year. Scott served as a judge for the International Mr. Drummer Contest, American Brotherhood Contest and numerous local and regional contests. He was recipient of the Pantheon of Leather Business Person of the Year Award in 1994 and Northwest Regional Award in 1997. He served on the boards of Generic Leather Productions (GLP), and NLA, Seattle Chapter.
Bradbear Lueckheide passed on near the beginning of the year. He was a member of GMS/MA.
GMS/MA member Stephen Gendin passed away during late summer

 

 

1999

September 30, 1999

1999

The Leather Journal

Issue #106 included a review of 1988, previews of Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 1999 and the International Mr. Leather judging panel. On the cover are Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 1998 Charles and Katherine as well as Thom Dombkowski.
Issue #107 featured coverage of Mid Atlantic Leather where a Canadian won the title for the first time.
Preparations were underway for the Leather Leadership Conference which would be held in San Francisco, CA. It was announced that The Leather Journal would publish Leather Tribe, Leather Nation and that it would be available at Intonational Mr. Leather.
The Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards Show on Sunday afternoon, February 7 at the Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans and the Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 1999 Contest were featured on the cover of Issue #108 as did Daddy Doug Harris and his boy bob.
There was major coverage of the Bears Of San Francisco's International Bear Rendezvous by Don Thompson. Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) began harassing and closing gay and sex-oriented businesses.
The International Masters and slaves 1999 Contest was held March 18-21 in Atlanta, GA and was the lead story in Issue #109. The South East Corporal Punishment Club was photographed by Dave Rhodes on the patio of the Atlanta Eagle and was on the cover.
Issue #110 featured coverage of the Regiment of the Black and Tans' 25th Anniversary in Los Angeles, CA and the Leather Leadership Conference in San Francisco.
The May Issue featured a synopsis of most of the men vying for the International; Mr. Leather 1999 title.
In Issue #111 The Leather Journal was given permission from Guy Baldwin to publish his entire keynote speech that he delivered on Friday night, April 16 at the Leather Leadership Conference III in San Francisco. The Tom of Finland Foundation held its Tom's Bar 1999 fundraiser at the El Rey Theater on Sunday, May 2. Foundation workers Mike Maifield and IML 1992 and Mr. Drummer 1992 Luke Daniel were among the approximately 700 Leathermen who were there and both are on the front cover as is Blade Edwards and his boys piggy, jeffrey and slave bobby did a caning scene which was one of the many SM presentations at Avatar's annual Exploratorium.
Leather Archives and Museum director Joseph Bean gave The Leather Journal an up-to-date list of the clubs that have donated a set of club colors, back patch or emblem to the Archives.
International Mr. Leather Contest executive producer Chuck Renslow announced Bruce Chopnik of Denver, CO as the winner of IML 1999 at about midnight in front of about 2,500 cheering spectators on Sunday, May 30 at the Congress Theater. Chopnik made the front cover of Issue #112.
Jeff Higgons covered SouthEast LeatherFest '99 in Atlanta, GA which was held June 17-20 at the Ramada Conference Center/Atlanta.
Pam Meyer from San Francisco was named International Ms Leather, Crickett Watkins from San Diego was declared first runner-up and Peggy (aka O) was named second runner-up and all three are on the cover of Issue #113. Joining them on page 1 were Barclay and Thor from Hot Ash at the Third Annual Folsom Street East block party which was part of New York's Leather Pride Weekend.
Don Thompson sent photos of the Phoenix Uniform Club's annual Leather and Uniform Ball in the Green Room of the War Memorial Building in San Francisco, CA during that city's gay and lesbian pride weekend at the end of June.
Issue #114 featured coverage of Thunder in the Mountains and had plenty of pre-Folsom Street Fair information. Dave Rhodes took plenty of photos of Sunset Street Junction held in Los Angles, CA in late August. Kyri Connelly and Schelli Dittmann combined to write a piece on The Next Generation and an event named Chickenstock that was well attended.
American Leatherman 1999 Scott Reikofski, International Mr. Drummer 1999 Fraser Picard, International Drummer Boy 1998 Ryan Goldner, International Drummer Boy 1999 Woodie Barnes and his daddy appeared at the Folsom Street Fair and were photographed by Dave Rhodes for the cover of Issue #115. New International Mr. Drummer producer Mike Zuhl and his lover Matt Vertz appear on the cover too. Great coverage of the largest San Francisco Pride Week was the main feature.
The American Uniform Association (AUA) held its 22nd annual Review in Los Angeles, CA where three uniform clubs resided. Commander of the Regiment of the Black and Tans Will Hildreth, Corps of Rangers Commander Gary Crews, California B&B Corps First Officer Mel Saddler and American Uniform Association spokesperson David Aeh were on the cover of Issue #116 and were photographed by Dave Rhodes, as was artist Jon Macy from San Francisco at the Tom of Finland Foundation's Fifth Annual Erotica Artists Weekend in Los Angeles October 15-17. The Erotic Artists Weekend was a feature article.
The Leather Journal had the opportunity to spend a little time with Mr. International Rubber 1999 Thomas Smith at his home in Palm Springs, CA just three weeks before the end of his title year. Dave Rhodes Editorial titled Code Of Honor: Or One of Those Editorials That Really Steps On Toes really did. Ouch.
Tom Kelly from New Jersey was named Mr. International Rubber at the Cell Block in /Chicago. He and his runners-up Jim Drew and Bruce Chambers appeared on the cover of Issue #117.
The Pantheon of Leather 2000 nominees were announced. The figures were in from the Dore Ally and Folsom Street Fairs and it was a whopping $215,000. Dave Rhodes' Annual Christmas List closed out the millennium.

Clubs

The Leathermen's Discussion group based in San Francisco changed its venue with the new location being EROS on Market Street. On January 20 Dr. Charles Moser was the first guest speaker at the new location.
Portland Uniform Weekend VII was held January 15-17, 1999 and included two fancy dinners, a chance to attend the infamous Clippers party, special bar nights and buffet brunches, a tour of a historic Air Park, and a Military Collector’s Show.
BAD Women Bound And Determined Women) held its first meeting on January 7 in Albany, NY. BAD Women is open to women of all orientations and is designed for those interested in Leather/SM/Fetish.
The Orange Coast Leather Assembly (OCLA), which meets at the Gay and Lesbian Center in Garden Grove, CA polled those who attended their January meeting attendees on topics that they would like to see presented.
The Portland Leather Alliance of Portland, OR was recently formed to replace the NLA: Portland chapter which was 86'ed by NLA: International over a bylaws/membership difference.
The new executive board of the Knights of Malta: Dogwood Chapter of Vancouver, BC were announced and they were president Brad Atkins, vice president Damian Ellliot, secretary Edward Chow, treasurer Jim Deyoung, road captain Kevin Herbert, membership chairperson Shawn Ross and master at arms Wayne Trites.
Beat Me in St. Louis, a educational pansexual event for the entire BDSM community, was held April 9-11 and was produced by St. Louis Leather and Lace.
Three Washington, DC area clubs, SigMa, Defenders and Potomac MC, held their Fifth Annual Toy and Gift Drive on December 12 at the DC Eagle and collected 10 bicycles, eight tricycles and dozens of toys for children with HIV from GrandMa House and kids from families affected by AIDS. $1,515.26 in cash was collected with $1,000 given to Joseph House, a hospice for people with AIDS in Adams Morgan. The rest was split between GrandMa House and Building Futures.
The Warrior Wolves hosted Howlin’ 99, an outdoor run to be held at the TCC (Texas Conference of Clubs) campsite, Buzzards’ Peak in Cameron, TX April 2-4.
The Constantines of the Bay Area held their annual Reno Weekend which included a two-night stay at the Colonial Motor Inn.
One of the most popular runs in the nation each year has been Aida produced by Tsarus Memphis in mid-Spring. This year Aida XXII was held April 30 - May 2 at a 100 acre private site not far from the historic Shiloh Civil War battlefield.
The Coastal Empire Sentinels of Savannah, GA held their fourth annual Spring Camp-Out: Veni, Vidi, Vici the weekend of April 30 - May 2.
The San Francisco God Damned Independents (SFGDIs) celebrated their Silver Anniversary on Saturday night, January 23 at the Somar Gallery.
The LeatherFest X board and Club X board in San Diego was pleased to donate two $1,000 checks; one to San Diego Hospice and the other to Rachel’s Women’s Center.
The Vancouver Activists in SM (VASM) announced the names of the officers for 1999. They were: president Tom Osinski, vice president Markku Vuornsivu, treasurer Mater George Cameron, librarian Jim C. Laroux, board members Pat Finch and Fred.
The National Leather Association: Houston chapter held Spring Iniquity VIII April 16-18. The weekend featured cocktail parties, food, fun, people events, a Sunday brunch with an awards ceremony.
The Men of Atlanta S/M Solidarity presented Spring in the South ’99: The Journey Continues, April 23-25. Spring in the South included intense S/M education including demonstrations, discussion panels and related activities.
The Border Riders Motorcycle Club is the largest motorcycle club for gay men and friends in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest entered their 30th year of touring and held their annual Victoria Day Run, May 21-23.
The California Eagles MC celebrated their 15th anniversary party at Jelly's Café, in San Francisco, CA on Saturday night, February 6. Their new officers were president Morris Lyons, vice president Marshal Cousins, road captain Tony Gangloff, treasurer Bill Hollabaugh, master at arms Derek Kaufman, recording secretary Mike Lipsie and corresponding secretary Alden Spafford.
The Inter Club Fund of San Francisco held its 33rd Annual Motorcycle Awards presentations at the Somar Center on Saturday night, February 13. The Man of the Year award went to Bill Hollabaugh.
The Lords of Leather form New Orleans, LA are as busy as bees around Mardi Gras and that's because they present the Lords of Leather Ball the Sunday before Mardi Gras. Bal Masque XVI was held on Valentines Day, February 14 at the St. Bernard Center. The theme was Leather, Love, Laughter. The Knights d' Orleans held their famous Knight of the Black Mask block party on Friday, February 12 at the Phoenix.
The Alternative Hedonistic Society of Kansas City, MO presented Into the Land of AHS April 30-May 2.
The Regiment of the Black and Tans was founded at the Blue Max Motorcycle Club's Red Baron summer run in 1974 with seven members. Later the name was changed to the Regiment of the Black and Tans. The Regiment celebrated its 25th anniversary during its annual Spring Maneuvers Weekend, April 16-18 with a formal banquet on Friday night, play part on Saturday night and beverage benefit on Sunday afternoon.
Avatar Club Los Angeles held its annual Exploratorium on Saturday night, May 15 at the LASFS Hall in North Hollywood. Exploratorium saw several scenes taking place at once creating a voyeuristic smorgasbord of activities. Among the presenters will be Blade Edwards from HBLA.
The Ballet of the Dolls by the Atons of Minneapolis gave a special performance of Swan Lake...The Sequel for the Leather Community on June 3 at the Loring Playhouse.
The Inter-Club Fund of San Francisco Annual Bike Blessing and Ride took place on Sunday morning, April 18 in front of Daddy’s Bar in San Francisco, CA.
The Leather tribe donated 86 large bags of clothing this year as well as some furniture to Mr. Alameda County Leather 1984 lance brittain’s and Andre English’s project, Together Miracles Will Happen, with more turned in from the East Bay. The Edge bar was the major contributor with 25 large bags with The Eagle Tavern and Daddy’s battling it out for second.
A new chapter of Masters And slaves Together: Washington, DC (MAsT) has been founded by Master Taino. MAsT is a support group for gay and bisexual men living or interested in the Master/slave lifestyle.
The Warriors Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles and CCMC of San Diego, CA hosted their 10th Annual Joint Run, Cowboys and Indians at Camp Wasewagon in the San Bernardino National Forest the weekend of June 11-13.
The Men Of Discipline: DC formally displayed and presented the original Leather pride flag during the 1999 Capitol Pride Festival in Washington, DC and at the Baltimore Gay Pride Parade to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the flag.
The Valley Knights MC of Sacramento, CA and Valley Grilles Car Club Volcano Overnight Run held an overnighter at the St. George Hotel in the historic ghost town of Volcano in Sutter County.
The Tarheel Leather Club of Greensboro, NC hosted Stars and Stripes in Leather IX: Nine Lives the weekend of July 2-4 at a private camp ground near Greensboro. The SECC (South East Conference of Clubs) hosted its quarterly meeting during the weekend.
The New York Renegades held their annual summer run the weekend of July 9-11 at a rustic retreat in the Delaware Valley, PA.
That great crowd of guys, the Bears Of San Francisco divied out the profits from the International Bear Rendezvous. $9,000 was given to The HIV in Prison Committee of California Prison Focus, the Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California and the Gay and Lesbian Hotline.
The Highwaymen TNT, of Washington, DC celebrated their 21st Anniversary with cocktail parties hosted by numerous local clubs, after hours parties, a sumptuous banquet fit for a king, and wine, which flowed like water. Jim Palmer from DC became Mr. DC Bear 1999 and Tom Santomartino, from Delaware was selected DC Bear Cub 1999.
The following made up the faculty for Leather University's Dungeon 401: Joseph Bean, Tony DeBlase, Peter Fiske, Catherine Gross, Daddy Doug Harris, Michael Horowitz, Sarah Humble, Master Len, Lolita, Pat McCarty, Jack McGeorge, Dagen McKinney, wayne miller, Robert Moser, Parker Perry, Glenda Rider, Roadkill, Kasi Sumrall, Phil Swenson, Sir Tx, Frank Theis and JP Weir.

Want more names? The workshop presenters for the National Leather Association: International's (NLA-I) Living In Leather XIV conference in Fort Lauderdale, FLÂ October 7-10 included Daddy Irwin Kane, Tony DeBlase, Joseph Bean, Lolita, Ms Twisted, Daddy Lee Lambert, Tristan Taormino, Jack McGeorge, Cain Berlinger, Bert Hermann, Viola Johnson, Jill Carter, Bladerunner and Hromovy.

The first weekend in May a group of 40-45 members of the Leather/SM/Fetish community gathered in Dallas for a unique educational weekend produced by Dean Walradt named boy Training Weekend. 22 boys gathered at the feet of 16 of their elders for a day-and-a-half of intensive training covering material that they hoped would help them better fulfill their desires and even fantasies.

The Chicago Hellfire Club's infamous SM University resumed classes at the Leatherneck bar in Chicago's Loop on Saturday, July 24.

The Teddy Bear Leather Club of Virginia (TBLC) hosted Campout '99: A Greek and Roman festival the weekend of August 6-8 in Richmond, VA. The run featured Greek and Roman games, cocktail parties, music, great food, and awards.

The Rogues Leather/Levi Club of Roanoke, VA held Tournament II: Southern Nites Under the Star the weekend of August 20-22.

The Leather community of Los Angeles, spearheaded by the Tom of Finland Company made its presence known at the 19th Annual Sunset Junction fair held August 20-22 in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. An increasing Latino involvement has occurred over the last 10 years and the Leather community has basically yielded visibility in the event. This year several businesses including Gauntlet II, Faultline, Cuffs, Prowl, Tom of Finland Company, Zeus Studios and clubs including Warriors MC, the Regiment of the Black and Tans, Satyrs MC, The Leather Journal, Corps of Rangers and Spit were active.

The Society of Janus celebrated its 25th anniversary with events designed to entertain and educate members and guests, with all proceeds being donated to community charities.

Probably one of the most loved clubs over the years and one recognized because they know how to have fun is the Knights d' Orleans who celebrated their historic 25th Anniversary the weekend of October 1-3 in New Orleans, LA. Events included the club's regular Friday night beer bust at the Phoenix, cocktail parties, great "N'awlins" food, games, a cruise down/up the Mississippi River on a New Orleans paddle wheel boat, fresh entertainment and gifts.

The Louisiana Power Exchange Association hosted Bayou Bash ’99 the weekend of October 8-10 in a private wing with a private entrance of The Prince Murat Hotel in Baton Rouge. The main ballroom of the hotel was converted into a 4,500 square foot, fully functional dungeon.

The Spanking Club has a new space which is located at 8218 Lankershim Blvd. in the Sunland area. To get there from points south, take the 170 (Hollywood Freeway) to Sherman Way East, turn left on Lankershim and find a building with coffins in the window and voila!

Avatar Club Los Angeles' new digs at MCC in the Valley had space for 200 to be seated comfortably in a classroom atmosphere. The first meeting at MCC in the Valley was on August 28 when guests were treated to a videotaping of several of Southern California's dungeons.

On Sunday, June 20, GMS/MA presented its third and most successful Folsom Street East Leather/SM/Fetish block party. The event attracted more than 12,000 men and women raised nearly $15,000 to benefit the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project and the New York City Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center.

The Rochester Kink Society hosted a BDSM/camping play party titled Camp Whipalot August 28-29 at a private country campsite in Newark, NY.

The Fort Lauderdale Leather Guild presented their annual Decadence: A Homecoming Prom With Attitude on Saturday, October 2 at the Sea Monster Bar underneath the Andrews Avenue drawbridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL.

At their June 9 annual meeting the membership of GMS/MA elected it’s new board of directors for 1999-2000. president was elected president. Thom Saporita and Bruce Marcus shared the duties of vice president. Andrew Harwin was returned as membership secretary. He was joined by Michael Horowitz as treasurer and Joe O’Sullivan as executive secretary.

On October 21 a unique event took place. The Men of Discipline DC (MOD DC) kidnapped and detained two lucky persons who have registered by lottery drawing for the kidnapping program for 48 hours at a secluded location. Registrants paid a $25 entry fee and completed a simple application. A portion of the proceeds benefited the Service Members Legal Defense Fund and BHT (Brother Help Thyself).

One of the most popular runs in Texas was Rosebud sponsored by the Dallas Motorcycle Club. This year's run was at the usual Texas Conference of Clubs land site, Buzzard's Peak near Cameron, TX.

The Forum of San Francisco held its annual Progressive Dinner on Saturday, October 16 with food and drink at bars in the South of Market area. The five-course dinner started at The Rawhide, moved to My Place, the Powerhouse, the Eagle Tavern and ended up at the Lone Star.

The Men Of Discipline: Maryland was formally established with charter members David Flaherty, Steven Damsky, Mark Greene, Michael Pollock and Jack Spahn in Baltimore, MD 21209.

The Southeast Corporal Punishment Club (SCPC) held their first campout at Thru River’s Edge the weekend of September 17-19.

SigMa DC held a series of Sign language classes for members of the Leather/SM/Fetish community at the DC Eagle in Washington, DC.

Los Angeles was the great place for the American Uniform Association (AUA) to host its 22nd annual Review since LA has three uniform clubs, the most of any city in the nation. The 22nd Annual AUA Review was held October 8-11 with events hosted by the Regiment of the Black and Tans, Corps of Rangers and the California B&B Corps.

NLA: International's Living In Leather XV saw keynote speaker Guy Baldwin state that our SM groups either need to change with the times or else they will die. What was most noticeably missing at LIL was many of the local Florida Leather community. Shann Carr was great entertainment.

Leather University’s Dungeon 401, held in Fort Lauderdale, FL October 1-3, saw 198 students and 23 faculty making for lots of small classes with hands-on experience.

The city of Hamburg, Germany, with more canals than Venice, played host to Leatherparty '99 hosted by MSC: Hamburg, one of the hottest Leather events in Europe August 11-17, with more than 1,500 men from Europe, North America and the Middle East. This atmosphere, along with the feeling of being alone with 1,500 hot and sweaty men dressed in Leather, latex, uniforms, etc. made one yearn for those days gone by in the here in the States.

A new group, Bay Area submissives, was a group for submissives to get together socially, to network, to help one another out, and have fun. Bay Area submissives was gender neutral.

Avatar Club Los Angeles installed their officers for 2000 at a party at the posh Hollywood hills home of Satyrs Motorcycle Club member Chuck W. on Saturday night, October 16. The officers were president Mark Burstein, vice president Dave Murdock, treasurer Richard Jefferey, secretary Jeff Breslaw, board members, Drew Wilson, Jack Swain, Tommy Trafelet, quartermaster Andre Rigden, historian Glenn Walker, public Relations George Wong.

Delta International came off a very successful Delta '99 run held September 17-21 at Camp Saginaw, PA where 271 men attended. A couple of weekends before Delta voted into office by acclamation chairman Ian Turner from Toronto, Canada, vice chairman Bob Bender, secretary Harold Cox and treasurer Len Griffith.

The Knights D’ Orleans was formed on October 3, 1974 and of the original founding members, only two survived Otto Steirle of New Orleans, and Warren Cave of San Francisco. This year's 25th Anniversary run, held October 2, was the largest in club history with over 200 participants from 28 states, and featured a dinner cruise on an old fashioned paddle wheeler down the Mississippi River.

The Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert just came off producing a terrific Sweatin' Bullets Weekend, November 5-7 where about 150 people registered at the Warm Sands Villas plus the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2000 Contest. The club also announced the slate officers. Dale Breunig returned for another year as club president. His supporting officers included vice president Rheo Burneo, secretary Victoria Rendall, treasurer Dennis Ujimori, master at arms Cary Christian and board members at large Newt Dieter and Rich Benedetto.

Trident: Central Florida held it’s first annual fundraiser at the Full Moon Saloon in Orlando on Saturday night, November 6, raising over $1,000 to be divided between Centaur, a local AIDS service organization and HER, a women’s health collective.

More than 200 men and women from the international Leather scene gathered in New York City on Saturday November 13 for Indulgence II: Mess Call produced by the Defenders: NY. The 1999 Founders Award went to nationally-known lecturer and columnist Lolita Wolf. The Tom of Finland Clothing Company received the 1999 Outreach award and the Spirit of Brotherhood Award was presented to AMCC president Dan Dutcher.

On Saturday, November 27 at the Cuff Complex Rick Graven was named Seattle Daddy’s Boy 2000, Craig Kelso became Seattle Leather Daddy 2000 and Frank Nelson was announced Seattle Grand Dad 2000.

Fresh off their 45th Anniversary celebration at Gauntlet II in Los Angeles on December 4, the Satyrs Motorcycle Club announced its slate of officers for 2000. They are: president Daniel Harris, vice president Chris Wenzel, road captain Paul Davidson, recording secretary Richard Kelly, corresponding secretary Brent Sweer and treasurer Lee Goff.

The biggest club bash to start off the New Year has always been Tri-Cen sponsored by the Philadelphians MC which celebrated their 25th Anniversary in October. Tri-Cen XIV closed out the millennium on December 31 and ran through January 2. Among all of the partying and frolic was a visit to Philadelphia's world famous Mummers Parade.

The Pigs Of Portland was a new fisting organization in Portland. OR.

Leather Titles

The final and most enjoyable task of James Anderson, Mr. Leatherman Toronto 1998, was the presentation of $8,050 to his selected charities. David Mordecai of the Lesbian, Gay Bi Youth Line and Janis Purdy of the Supporting Our Youth Project were on hand to accept checks for $4025 each. The ceremony took place during the Volunteer Appreciation Night held at Trax V on Sunday January 10.

 Dean Ross of Ottawa was this year’s winner of the Mr. Mid Atlantic Leather contest at Tracks in Washington, DC on Sunday afternoon, January 17.

It was Leather Pride weekend in San Jose and several events took place including workshops and a vendor. Fair. The crowning moment though was on Saturday night, January 23 at the Gaslight Theater, when Robert Price was sashed as Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 1999.

Charlie Baker was sashed by Seattle Mr. Leather 1998 Billy Lane as Seattle Mr. Leather 1999 and Clay Sales was named first runner-up from a field of four contestants at Neighbors Nightclub on Saturday night, January 30.

Erick Lundgren from New Orleans was named Mr. Olympus Leather 1999 on February 6, and Cori Ander from Minnesota was chosen to be Ms Olympus Leather 1999.

The International Bear Rendezvous winners were Grizzly Bear Michael Patterson, Daddy Bear Bob Hathaway, International Mr. Bear 1999 Craig Byrnes and Cub Bear Steve Earle.

William Schindler bested three other men at the Faultline in Los Angeles, CA in winning the Mr. LA Leather 1999 title and the opportunity to represent the City of the Angels at International Mr. Leather in Chicago.

Kevin Powers won the Mr. Cell Block Leather 1999 title on Saturday night, February 13 at the Cell Block which was packed like a sardine can. First runner-up was Bill Fox and second runner-up was Dean Ogren.

Over 200 Leathermen and women filled the Milwaukee Eagle Saturday, February 20 for the 1999 Mr. Wisconsin Leatherman Contest which was won by Andrew S.

The International Masters and slaves 1999 Contest was held held March 18-21 in Atlanta, GA and was won by Ms Khiki and samantha from Asheville, NC.

When the votes were tallied Lynn Smith was the winner of the San Francisco Dyke Daddy contest and Anne Chaney obtained the requisite number of votes to be selected Dyke Mommy in San Francisco, CA.

Faye Foltz from Long Beach, CA was the best of two candidates for the Ms Los Angeles Lather 1999 Contest which was produced by Beyond Bauhaus Productions at the Faultline in Los Angeles on Saturday night, February 27.

Brian Peters left the Bolt in Sacramento on Saturday night, February 27 with the Mr. Sacramento Leather Daddy 1999 title. The contest was sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Leathermen and the Bolt.

Werner Tillinger became Mr. San Francisco Leather 1999 on Friday night, March 12 at Club Townsend. Werner won out over 6 other contestants.

They were rockin' in Boston on Saturday night, March 13 at the Ramrod where Scooter Wilson won the chance to represent Bean Town at IML.

The Dixie Belle Saloon in Kansas City, MO held its annual IML preliminary on March 13 and Michael Cook of Shawnee Mission, KS walked through those saloon doors wearing the sash.

The Mr. Philadelphia Leather Contest which was held on March 14 gave the Philadelphians MC three big reasons to be proud. Not only did the title go to one of their newest pledges, Jose Cebollero, but first runner-up Don Hinkle and second runner-up Brian Heike were also club members.

Sean Reilly was tops among six men vying for the Mr. Pistons Leather 1999 sash.

Bruce Saari became Washington State Mr. Leather 1999 at Neighbors Night Club in Seattle on Saturday night, March 27. The contest was held during the 10 day long Washington State Leather Pride Week.

The Minnesota Fantasy Weekend took place March 26-28 in Minneapolis, MN when Mr. Minnesota Fantasy 1998 Ken Flanigan passed his sash to David Page, who became Mr. Minnesota Fantasy 1999. Miss Jennifer took the first Ms Minnesota Fantasy sash.

Strapping 36 year old Norfolk resident Fraser Picard took the Virginia Mr. Drummer 1999 title with kyle thomas being chosen as Virginia Drummerboy on Saturday, April 3.

Woofer Ainsworth of Newport, KY was chosen as Mr. Kentucky Leather 1999 on Sunday, April 4 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Lexington.

The Mr. Empire State Leather Contest sponsored by STARS MC was won by Mike Brewer from Green Island, NY.

Peggy O was named the winner of the New York Leather Woman 199 Contest held at the Exchange Club in New York on Saturday night, April 10.

Ms Baltimore Eagle 1999 was Michelle Smith who won her title at the Baltimore Eagle on Sunday afternoon, April 20.

American Leatherwoman 1999 was Schelli Dittman, American Leatherman 1999 was Scott Reikowski and American Leatherboy was Jerry Acosta. American Brotherhood Weekend was held in Washington, DC April 23-25 and had approximately 500 participants.

The San Francisco Mr. Drummer Contest, a preliminary to the Northern California Mr. Drummer regional was held on April 28. When the votes were counted the new Mr. San Francisco Drummer was determined to be Eric Keith and the new San Francisco Drummerboy was Chris Dover.

Jack Holczer was selected to carry the Mr. Pennsylvania Drummer title for 1999 and Woodie Barnes became the new Pennsylvania Drummerboy 1999 in Philadelphia.

The Atlanta Eagle started it's 12th anniversary weekend, April 30 - May 1, by hosting the Mr. and Ms Atlanta Eagle 1999 contest on Friday night. The winners were Bruce and Dauphine Sowell.

On Saturday night, May 8 the North Florida Leather Association held several Leather Contests. The winners were: Mr. North Florida Leather 1999 Devin Wilson, Ms North Florida Leather 1999 girl kelly, North Florida Leather Daddy 1999 and John Swift North Florida Drummer boy 1999 boy joey.

Jim Palmer from DC became Mr. DC Bear 1999 and Tom Santomartino, from Delaware was selected DC Bear Cub 1999.

International Mr. Leather Contest executive producer Chuck Renslow announced the top three winners of IML 1999 at about midnight in front of about 2,500 cheering spectators on Sunday, May 30 at the Congress Theater. Bruce Chopnik of Denver, CO was the winner. Second runner-up was Mr. San Diego Leather 1999 Mike Hargiss. First runner-up was Mr. Pistons Leather 1999 Sean Reilly from Long Beach, CA. 52 men competed.

The Mr. Southeast Drummer 1999 title went to Shawn Couch, Trident Knight Chris Page won the 1999 Southeast Drummerboy title and Paula Smith was named Ms. Leather Pride at South East Leather Fest in Atlanta, GA in June.

Bob Rourke of Alexandria, VA prevailed over all other contestants at the International Mr. Deaf Leather contest held in New Orleans, June 17.

Over the Weekend of June 11-13 Potomac MC produced the 1999 DC Mr. Drummer and Drummerboy contest, of which Brian Heike went on to win the Mr. title while Eric Mazzacone was DC Drummerboy.

Aaron Keppel of New York was chosen to be Mr. LURE.

In late April Gary O'Neill, owner of Wolf Productions and a producer of many events himself, won the Minnesota Mr. Drummer Contest and then won the Great Plains Mr. Drummer title in June.

The Russian River Mr. Drummer Contest saw Bauke Ylstra being judged the winner, and Marty being chosen as his Drummerboy.

Pam Meyer from San Francisco was named International Ms Leather at the World Trade Center Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday night, July 17 in front of about 500 cheering spectators. Only moments before Crickett Watkins from San Diego was declared first runner-up and Peggy (aka O) was named second runner-up.

Bauke Ylstra and Marty Epstein swooped to victories in the Northern California Mr. Drummer and Drummerboy contest at the Sound Factory in San Francisco on Saturday, July 24.

Fraser Picard was named International Mr. Drummer 1999 and Woodie Barnes was announced the winner of the International Drummer Boy 1999 title. The town was already abuzz with the news that Pittsburgh Leather Central's Mike Zuhl had taken over as the official producer of the International Mr. Drummer 2000 Contest.

North Atlantic Leatherman 2000 was Jimmy Lee Murray and Randie Smith was named the first North Atlantic Leather Boy titleholder in contests sponsored by the Utica Tri's MC at That Place bar.

MaDaddy Weebie who already held the Ms North Carolina Leather title became Ms Southeast Leather 2000 on Saturday night, October 23 in Raleigh, NC.

Mike Keller, who won the Mr. Triple R Leather contest earlier in October in Guerneville, CA.

Bob Hancock was named Gotham Leatherman 2000 in GMS/MA's (Gay Male S/M Activists) first Gotham Leatherman contest, held Friday, Nov. 12 at the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in New York City.

For Howard Ho, the road to glory is about 6,500 miles long. That's the distance from Hao's birthplace in Beijing, China to Ottawa, Canada, where he won the Mr. Leather Ottawa-Hull 2000 competition at Barrymore's Music Hall on Saturday, November 13.

On Saturday, October 23, the Eagle's nest celebrated its 29th anniversary as the longest continuing Leather bar in New York. As part of the celebration, the Mr. Eagle 2000 Contest took place with Jack Rutland of New York, NY winning the title.

When the dust settled at the Atlanta Eagle on Saturday night, November 20, Boy Kyle and Joni emerged as winners of the Mr. and Ms Georgia Olympus Leather 2000 titles.

Alisa Swindell nabbed her second title in less than a year when she was named Ms Louisiana Leather. She also held the Ms Louisiana Olympus Leather 1999 title.

Chris Chaput was named Mr. Palm Springs Leather at Club International in Cathedral City, CA on Saturday night, November 6 in front of about 75 cheering spectators.

International Slave 1995 Tom Stice of Atlanta, GA assumed control of the International Masters and Salves contest it was learned in early November. It was later disclosed that IMSC would take place during Southeast Leatherfest in June.

David Coral became Mr. Minnesota Olympus Leather 2000 and Mistress Hannah was named Ms Minnesota Olympus Leather 2000 at the Saloon in Minneapolis, MN on Sunday night, December 12.

The race for Mr. San Francisco Leather 2000 began November 21 when the San Francisco GDI Club held their Annual Butch Brunch and Mr. GDI Leather 2000 Contest which was won by Tom Basch.

Many said it was the best produced Mr. Leatherman Toronto competition ever. Estevan DeCastro could not beg to differ as he walked off the Opera House stage wearing the coveted Mr. Toronto Leatherman 2000. The contestants selected Rick Tchorzewski as Mr. Fellowship 2000.

 

News and Politics

The Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards Show on Sunday afternoon, February 7 at the Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans, LA's French Quarter saw the following major awards presented: Man of the Year, Thom Dombkowski; Woman of the Year, Joanne Gaddy; Lifetime Achievement Award, Marcus Hernandez; Readers Choice Award (Woman), Pat Langlois; Readers Choice Award (Man), bob jacobs-harris; Forbear Award (tie), Leonard Dworkin and Alan Selby.

The Leather Leadership Conference III (LLC III) was held April 16-18 in San Francisco, CA. This was the first time that LLC was held on the West Coast. The last two were in New York. The LLC III chairmen were Steve Koenig and Peter Fiske.

Allena Gabosch, Michael Gilbert, Lauri Miller, Jim and Jane Duvall, Ivy, and Russell Brunelle organized the Sex-Positive Community Center Project, with the goal of creating a new sex-positive community center for Seattle. The center provides supportive meeting, social, and workshop space for all of Seattle’s sex-positive and/or Leather-oriented groups.

Kevin Shancady, a well-known and respected Leatherman from Denver, CO was on the May 4 ballot seeking a non partisan position on the Denver City Council (District 10). Kevin did not win.

Boudoir Noir, Canada's main Leather/SM/Fetish magazine was back in circulation. Founder Robert Dante of Toronto announced that a co-publication agreement with Bill Majors, video producer and president of Los Angeles-based Bon Vue Enterprises and B&D Pleasures had been reached.

The Pocono Record, and the Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, a private business organization established to promote tourism in the famous Pennsylvania resort area, decided that Carter Stevens should stop holding his private spanking and BDSM weekend events at the Birchwood Resort in Tannersville. The NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) monitored the situation.

The Leather Leadership Conference III in San Francisco April 16-18 was a success by all accounts with approximately 175 Leatherfolk registering.

The Mayor of Folsom Street, Alan Selby, became a US citizen on Thursday, April 22 in San Francisco, CA and quite a to-do it was. Alan founded the Mr. S Leather store.

At the NOW Lesbian Summit in Washington DC, April 23-25 the S/M Policy Reform Project opened the dialogue on the anti-SM policy contained within NOW’s (National Organization of Women) Delineation of Lesbian Rights Issues, 1980. The outreach was extremely successful, with the S/M Policy Reform Project gaining supporters on the local, state and regional levels of NOW.Â

Nearly 25 percent of the 142 conference attendees signed the S/M Policy Reform Project statement which states that “NOW shall not oppose the rights of adults to engage in any safe, sane and consensual sexual expression they so choose, including S/M.”

Don Thompson wrote about an Alcohol Beverage Control hearing that took place on Thursday, June 17 in City Hall and was attended by around 50 concerned members of the Leather community. Supervisors Leno, Newsome and Becerill were the officials in attendance where beer busts were allowed to resume.

A new HIV education and AIDS prevention program entitled Go Bare, Go Back was being tested in the metropolitan Washington, DC area by Brother, Help Thyself (BHT). The three-pronged pilot program, which operated from September through January 2000, consisted of public posters designed by local based artist of the GLBT communities and info-booklets that were distributed at local sexual minority bars, coffee shops, restaurants and businesses, and newspaper advertisements in gay and lesbian publications.

Ohio Leather Fest sponsored by the Ohio Leather Coalition was held in Cleveland, OH the weekend of September 17-19 giving people of the Great Lakes area a big SM weekend that offered workshops, vendor fair and play parties.

The Castro Lions' Leather Auction, presented by San Francisco Leather Daddy IV Tom Rodgers, had perhaps its most successful result ever on the Eagle patio in raising $9,200.

The 16th annual Leather Pride Night was held on Saturday, June 19. The auction raised $20,000 to be split among Empire State Pride Agenda, The Gender Identity Project at the Center, The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and, for the 16th year, Heritage of Pride. Proceeds from the LPN raffle, a total of $2,500, will be donated to the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

Black Rose, SigMa, and the Men of Discipline DC joined forces to present a special seminar series for novice to experienced BDSM players. Starting in September and continuing for the next eight months, the three SM educational groups featured SM 101.

The Second Annual Women's SM/Leather Conference, Women at Amsterdam Leather Pride took place the weekend October 29-31 in Amsterdam, NL.

A gay man who killed his lover during a violent sex game was jailed for five years after a Supreme Court judge found dangerous acts of bondage and sadomasochism were not, in themselves, against the law in Sydney, Australia. In the Victorian Supreme Court, Justice Frank Vincent found Christopher Gerard McIntosh, 32, was “grossly negligent” in strangling his 33 year-old lover, Raymond Wai Ming Lee, during a session of erotic asphyxia in May last year.

On Friday, October 29th, officers of the San Diego Police Department’s Vice Unit entered the play party that Club X was holding and then issued citations to approximately six individuals. These six attendees were cited for lewd behavior and/or nudity in a public space. These citations were all classified as misdemeanors. The case became known as the San Diego Six.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) hosted Creating Change in Oakland, CA the weekend of November 10-14. There was a Leather Caucus for participants to discuss current SM activism and participation in the next year’s Creating Change Conference. The New York S/M Activists sponsored a workshop titled Second Coming Out, with Randy Brown and Susan Wright.

Joseph Bean's Centurion Awards, designed to coincide with the grand opening of the Leather Archives and Museum's new building, were announced ahead of time. They were: Man of the Century Chuck Renslow, Woman of the Century Cynthia Slater; general honors to Pat Daley, Larry Townsend, Geoff Mains, Mack McKinnon, Pat Califia, The Eulenspiegel Society, Gay Male S/M Activists (GMS/MA), Chicago Hellfire Club, Tom of Finland and Tony DeBlase.

The Board of Directors of SMMILE (South of Market Merchants and Individuals’ Lifestyles Events) those people who put on the Dore Alley Fair (last Sunday in July) and the Folsom Street Fair (last Sunday in September) distributed the net proceeds of this year’s two street fairs to the designated beneficiaries and other groups who helped produce the two events. The total distributed this year was $215,000.

Saturday, December 4, saw all the usual suspects at Don “Ho’s” and Omar’s party. These guys raised over $2,400, with more to come in, for the Positive Resource Center (with the coat check proceeds going to the AEF.

Lance Brittain and Andre English raised roughly $1,400 for the Leather Archives and Museum and Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California in November. They also raised $144 for the ICF (Inter Club Fund) through a beer bust. In addition, they received a large number of memorabilia for the GLHS and Leather Archives.

Play House Studios and Gallery was informed by the Baltimore City Zoning Department that it must cease its public “social” events. One of the enforcement officers issued a violation notice charging that they provide “adult entertainment.” This violation notice came with a $500 fine and a warning that the fine would escalate rapidly with any future violations.

Books and Publications

Cain Berlinger's book, Black Men in Leather, asked several questions of Black men around the country and included the candid answers.

To Love, To Obey, To Serve was the work of Viola Johnson. This diary of the events that shaped her life as a slave for over 20 years.

SM Classics, a collection of some of the most important SM writing of the past two decades was published by Masquerade Books and edited by Susan Wright, SM Classics features work by a veritable who’s who of contemporary SM.

Aubrey’s Playroom was a weekly Internet radio show discussing the Leather/SM/Fetish community by Seattle's Aubrey Sparks.

New on the Scene

BAD Women (Bound And Determined Women), Albany, NY; Portland Leather Alliance of Portland, OR; Community Ties, Washington, DC; HBLA (Hand Ballers of Los Angeles), Los Angeles, CA; Sex-Positive Community Center Project, Seattle, WA; Masters And slaves Together: Washington, DC (MAsT), Washington, DC; Uniforums Club of Uniforms Club of America, Fresno, CA; Watersports Enthusiasts of Tampa Bay (WET), Tampa, FL; MOD: Maryland, Baltimore, MD; Bay Area submissives, San Francisco, CA; Richmond Leather Club, Richmond, VA; Pigs Of Portland, Portland, OR; Buffalo Bulldogs Men's Club, Buffalo, NY

Milestones

30 Years: Border Riders Motorcycle Club, Vancouver, Canada

25 Years: San Francisco God Damned Independents (SFGDIs), San Francisco, CA; Regiment of the Black and Tans; Los Angeles, CA; Society of Janus, San Francisco, CA; Knights d' Orleans, New Orleans, LA; Philadelphians MC, Philadelphia, PA

15 Years: California Eagles MC, San Francisco, CA

10 Years: Leather Masters, Leather shop, San Jose, CA; 10th Annual Joint Run, Warriors Motorcycle Club of Los Angeles and CCMC of San Diego, CA; Leather Pride Flag, designed by Tony DeBlase, San Francisco, CA

Five Years: Mr. Ohio Valley Leather Contest, Columbus, OH; Leather Ball V, Mr. Leatherman Toronto Competition, Inc., Toronto, Canada; Tom of Finland Foundation, Fifth Annual Erotica Artists Weekend, Los Angeles, CA

Gone, But Not Forgotten

Peter Tolos, also known as “Rubber Bear,” died of a heart attack on February 1, 1999. He was 59 years old. Peter was the founding publisher of Rubber Rebel Magazine, America’s first national magazine for gay rubberists, and was also instrumental in the start up of Vulcan America Magazine.

Nestor Chaparro passed away on Monday, March 8. Nestor Alejandro Chaparro was born on March 16, 1958 in Bogota, Colombia. He was active in his community and belonged to many civic, charitable and school organizations including Body Positive, God's Love, Gay Men's Health Crisis, GMS/MA, GLCC, UFT, AFT, Technology Teacher Association and Phi Delta Kappa International. Nestor left his life partner William (Bill) Miranda Salzman.

Clarence Edward Cunningham was born in Mount Pleasant, TX on December 20, 1959 and died on June 2, 1999. He was survived by Wally Sherwood, his partner of almost 15 years. Together they brought Leather Mardi Gras to San Francisco in 1986 by organizing the Celestial Krewe de Cuir. He helped with the Wally Look Alike Contest which raised money for the AIDS Emergency Fund and Shanti. For eight years he administered the Northern California Leather Awards. His photographs appeared regularly in The Leather Journal among other publications.

Seattle Leather community activist Wes Randall passed away on Tuesday morning, July 6, 1999 while being cared for at Bailey-Boushay. Randall had a long record of community service including having held the Washington State Mr. Leather 1991 and Northwest Mr. Drummer 1995 titles, having been a cofounder of Generic Leather Productions (he came up with the name for the organization), was a founding member of Seattle Men in Leather, he helped start Washington State Leather Pride Week and was president of NLA: Seattle.

Tom From the Castaways’s death was a great shock. (Editor's note: The name given to The Leather Journal was "Tom From the Castaways" and everyone knew him by that name.) He was a charter member of the Silver Stars of Milwaukee when they were founded in 1972. He was one of four founders of the Castaways MC.

Walter “Wally” Wallace, 61, well-loved New York Leatherman, theatre booster, and community activist died Tuesday, September 7, 1999 at his sister’s home in Bronxville, New York. Wally was the former manager of New York’s famous Mineshaft and a founder of the Lure, Wally also served as a judge at regional Leather title contests, including International Mr. Leather in Chicago. He was a 19 year associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club and numerous Leather/Levi clubs across the United States.

Bob Gillespie died of septic shock while attending the Chicago Hellfire Club's Inferno XXVIII in Saugatuck, MI on September 13, 1999. He was an officer in the NY Renegades, associate member of Chicago Hellfire Club, a charter member of Delta International, served on the GMS/MA board for several years and contributed much information to the Leather Archives and Museum.

Stephen Mulvey passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 1999. Mulvey was president of the Coastal Empire Sentinels in Savannah, GA.

The House of Regnant Thrall lost Daddy Vern West, Colonel Thrall on Thursday August 20, 1999. Daddy Vern was often quoted as saying, “Leather is not what’s on the hide, but what’s inside." One of his personal hobbies was trains ranging from those of the old west to trains of the modern era.

The Leatherneck Bar located in downtown Chicago, IL was sold on Tuesday, September 28 and ceased to be a Leather bar after that.

Arthur "Art" Reid died at Toronto Grace Hospital on August 7, 1999, in his 76th year. Spearhead's newsletter Phalia reported.

A Spearhead member since 1980, he was also a proud member of AF and AM, Number 405, Mattawa, the Scottish Rite Masons and a Noble in the Rameses Shrine of Toronto.

Albert Franco Martin was a familiar member of the San Francisco bike club community and the partner of Dick Manning, who has been involved extensively in the community as a member of the Golden Gate Guards and the Forum. Franco was struck by a stolen vehicle which was being pursued by police.

Hal Heller was a very popular and extremely involved member of the SF Leather community. With a partner, he instituted the Bay Area Motorcycle Training and spent all day Saturday and sometimes Sunday every weekend teaching driving techniques to beginners and advanced alike.

David Armstrong of Atlanta, GA, born May 16, 1947, died on Wednesday, October 13, 1999.  He was survived by his partner of eight years, Dan Barron. David was Southeast Drummer, 1989-90, was instrumental in the formation of the Atlanta chapter of NLA in 1990, serving as chair from 1992-95, two years as secretary, one year as treasurer and was the chapter’s unofficial historian and photographer. He was an executive committee member and officer for SouthEast LeatherFest from 1996 through 1999. David judged a plethora of Leather contests over the years, the most recent being the 1999 Southeast Drummer and Ms Leather Pride contests.

Glenn Candies was born on December 28, 1945 and passed away on November 17 in New Orleans, LA. Glenn was the Daddy of Erick Lundgren. He was a past president of the Louisiana Appaloosa Breeders Association and was an avid horseman, Leatherman, and trusted friend of many.

Joe Casey, aka Hank Gray, passed away Monday, November 29 from complications due to a recently discovered spinal tumor. He was a member of New York Renegades and an associate of the Chicago Hellfire Club.